14-Year-Old Kenya Girl Commits Suicide After Menses Humiliation

14-Year-Old Kenya Girl Commits Suicide After Menses Humiliation

A young girl in Kenya took her own life after her class teacher period shamed her and asked her to leave her classroom because she bleed through her uniform.

Jackline Chepngeno, 14, was a student at a school in Kabiangek region in Kenya. Her mother said that Jackline first got her period on September 6 but she didn’t have any sanitary pad which led to her bleeding through her pant.

After she got her period, Jackline was ridiculed by her teacher who is a woman herself. The teacher embarrassed her and called her dirty in front of the class.

Koech told to The Daily Nation

She had nothing to use as a pad. When the blood stained her clothes, she was told to leave the classroom and stand outside

Jackline went home, told her mother what happened, she then went to a nearby water source and killed herself.

Police Commander Alex Shikondi said that:

When police arrived at the scene, they found the girl had committed suicide using a leso and the body was moved to Kapkatet Hospital mortuary

A protest was held Wednesday at the Ministry of Education by female members of Parliament after the death.

“Together with fellow Women MPs, we’ve laid siege at the Ministry of Education in protest of the 14 year old girl who committed suicide after a female teacher publicly ridiculed her for soiling her clothes with her periods,” MP Esther Passaris tweeted.

Together with fellow Women MPs, we’ve laid siege at the Ministry of Education in protest of the 14 year old girl who committed suicide after a female teacher publicly ridiculed her for soiling her clothes with her periods. #EndPeriodShame pic.twitter.com/I10561MFY5

— Hon. Esther M Passaris (@EstherPassaris) September 11, 2019

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