Being brought up in India, Women do have their cultural values intact but what also gets carried along is the unwanted heap of taboos surrounding menstruation. A girl when has her first periods, she is since then bombarded with advices, precautions, do’s and don’ts. This pretty much defines the Indian mentality. So here are few disturbing facts about menstruation in India, which are nothing but the ground reality.
- More than 70% of women use clothes rather than sanitary napkins. The world is moving on from napkins to tampons and here we are still stuck with a piece of cloth.
- In some Indian states, menstruation has its own definition which states that a woman is impure and should be totally shunned from the household chores for the next 4 days.
- In a few states, a girl’s first period becomes a matter of celebration and the rest to follow become a burden on her.
- Just in case women cannot go and buy sanitary napkins, men whenever asked to buy it for them have a rather unpleasant response to it because it’s a “girls thing” to do.
- It is not uncommon for boys to giggle and laugh during biology class when the topic of menstruation comes up
- Some women are also not allowed to share the same bed with their spouse and kids
- Kitchen is kept off limits because a bleeding woman might rot the food or perhaps poison it
- Some families also treat a chumming woman as an absolutely untouchable person
- She cannot eat and touch pickle
- Some temples are very rigid as to not allow a woman on her periods, to enter the temple.
Such superstitions question the Biological way a woman’s body has been made and it is nothing but adding to the hell. India is pacing towards adopting modern values but the grunts many women are bearing seem no where near ending.
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