New Delhi: Women and young girls, who once couldn’t comfortably talk and felt perturbed buying sanitary pads from a medical store, were seen speaking confidently about periods and breaking the ‘bloody’ taboo.
There was a time when Gayatri (18) despised the fact that she was prohibited to step out of house or even enter the kitchen or touch pickles during her periods. Today, education has made a significant difference in her life.
Learning about menstrual health and how it is absolutely normal and a natural phenomenon for a woman to go through periods, she, along with hundreds of school students from Delhi, gathered to celebrate the Menstrual Health and Awareness Day.
Gayatri not only just steps out of her house, but also participates in various competitions during menses. She has also made her mother understand that periods are nothing to feel shameful about; it is something natural.
No one should feel hesitant speaking about periods and one should encourage others about it as well. It doesn’t make any woman impure. Proscription of women from entering temples, stepping out of houses, touching pickles along with other wicked taboos should end.
With an initiative to break this taboo, the Sachchi Saheli collaborated with the government of NCT of Delhi and organised a rally to celebrate Menstrual Health and Awareness Day. The event took place at Central Park in Connaught Place.