Roshani Tiruwa has become the second recorded Nepalese woman to die in a Chhaupadi-related incident in the past two months. Chhaupadi, directly translated as “untouchable being”, has been practised for centuries and involves restricting menstruating women from coming into contact with kitchen utensils and public water sources, consuming a number of dietary essentials, or sleeping in the family home. This practice sees children and adults banished to cowsheds and huts, where they risk asphyxiation in attempts to keep warm by fire, as well as other physical harm.
Two bombs have killed at least 25 people and injured injured 40 more in central Baghdad. The Islamic State militant group has claimed responsibility for the blasts, one a planted explosive and the other a suicide bomb. The attacks came whilst government forces continued their attempts to recapture the northern city of Mosul.
A man dressed as Santa Claus has killed 39 and wounded close to 70 others in a shooting in Istanbul. The gunman opened fire on patrons of the popular Reina night club in the early hours of New Year’s Day. Turkey’s president Tayyip Erdogan says the nation will continue its fight to end not only the armed assaults of terror groups, but also their economic, political and social attacks.
Teenage detainees will remain in the maximum security Grevillea unit of Barwon Prison indefinitely, despite a court ruling the group should be transferred out of the adult facility. The state government circumvented the order by rebranding the unit as a ‘youth justice facility and remand centre’. The teens were moved to the prison following last month’s riots at Parkville’s Melbourne Youth Justice Centre. The inmates’ lawyers are said to be considering further action.
The three men charged for their role as leaders of the infamous Colonia Dignidad cult have had their sentences extended to five years by Chile’s highest court. The sect, located in the Andean foothills and founded in 1961, was a heavily guarded detention and torture centre for political prisoners that oversaw extreme abuse, including child molestation. The cult’s founder, Paul Schaefer died in prison in 2010 while serving his 33-year sentence.