Menstrual Taboo…

Menses…aaahaaaaa…I hate these PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome) and these cramps…why do we girls have to go through so much…as if these pains are not enough, now I am also not allowed to go in the kitchen and roam around anywhere else in the house…it sucks…

Whether you are in rural or urban parts of India…menses are still considered TABOO…in fact as per a recent survey, only 12% girls uses Sanitary Napkins in India…and 80% girls are unaware of what menstruation is before they get their periods…and its really very disturbing for a girl mentally…I remember such incident when one of my friend, got her periods and she was not aware about it…she was 12 at that time and got so much panicked in school and went under depression for few weeks…

Now imagine, if a mother doesn’t feel comfortable talking to her daughter openly about menses, than how could we expect to discuss it with our father or brother or any other man…and to make it worst follow these stupid and lame rituals God knows invented by whom…

In many parts of India, girls are not allow to visit any temple or holy place…she is not allowed to do any pious rituals related to God…she is supposed to sleep outside the house or in some cases she isn’t allowed to come out of her room…no one else will touch her until she is clean…she is not supposed to enter kitchen she will be served in a different plates, specially kept aside to use it during your Periods… I know this must be sounding too lame and stupid, but in India, majority of the girls are suffering from these orthodox traditions…even if they want to fight, they cannot…

Since centuries these rituals are being followed in many parts of India…but with time people with bad intentions and wicked thinking changed the entire meaning behind all these restrictions…

During Periods, we feel very tired and bloated…and usually every girls suffers from some kind of pains, of course the intensity might vary from person to person…and that is why the restriction of sitting in one room for 5 to 7 days was implemented…because you are in pain so have some rest…but people with wicked thinking changed the whole meaning of this restriction…

Previously, water access was not so easy and there were no Sanitary Napkins, so they made the restriction of using only one mattress, if you leave a blood spot accidentally, all other mattresses wouldn’t get ruined…but again some lame person changed the entire meaning…

We are not allowed to touch Pickles and other food items, because in olden days, there were no proper disinfectants available in the market…so these long term storage items used to get ruined very easily if touched with dirty hands…

Now, all these restrictions have logic behind it…but someone wicked and totally orthodox people changed the whole meaning with time…and today everyone is following these rules blindly…no one is trying to find the logic behind it…

It’s really sad that in today’s 21st century also, there are people who believe in these restrictions…I have seen homes where there is only one woman in the house and the family go hay wire for those 5 to 7 days…my neighbor is like that only…she is the only lady in the house and whenever she is in menses, she stops cooking for 5 days…due to which uncle and her father in law have to manage going to a restaurant…that’s really sad but funny thing out here is this that her father in law is very broad minded, he asks her to cook but she doesn’t listen…now if we women are following and forcing others women to follow these rules…then how could we expect any change…it’s impossible…because I am sure majority of the men are not even bothered about and they are least aware that what happens actually during those five days…

We need to educate the women, we need to create awareness among them…we need to make them understand it that what if your mother and in laws forced you to follow these rules, it doesn’t mean that you have to do the same with your daughter or daughter in law…

I really like the take of Sikhism Guru in this context, they believe that purity of mind and soul is more important than purity of body…the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak, has prohibited the practice of treating women as impure during menses…he believes that it’s a natural process and the blood is very important for creating a new life…and still if someone believes that women are impure they themselves are actually impure…

We all need to have this kind of attitude…it’s given to us by nature and trust me it’s whole lot of headache and mess…and given the choice no woman in this world would love to have menses…but it’s part of being a woman…so instead of thinking about it as impure and gross…we women need to talk about it more openly and we also need to take some serious steps to put a stop on these MENSTRUAL TABOO

You are a woman…so be proud of your womanhood…it’s a gift, I am cherishing it for life…are you???…

To women, who fought for MENSTRUAL TABOO…

With love ❤

AARYA  

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