I haven’t been able to upload my post for past few weeks, kind of bored and depressed …… so sorry for that Today I’d like to speak about menstrual taboos that still exist in our India.. We are living in the 21st century, but still there are lots of narrow minded people living in our country.
I was 13 when I had my first menstrual period and I was at home preparing for my exams and got panicked when I found myself bleeding.I thought I had some serious health issues and I am going to die.At that time my father was working in registration department as District registrar and my mother was a teacher so no one in the home, I am living with my grandmother only. My father is a kind of strict person. Instead of comforting me , my grandmother told me that I was a big girl now and that I should stop playing with children in the neighborhood. This cultivated a little aversion in me, around the same time that I was banished from the kitchen also, it urged me to remember that womanhood was a burden I now had to carry around.These kind of taboos is present more in elite communities,being born in a Nair community my grandmother always told me that you should follow these rules because you are a girl and you are bound by these rules
Even today, if I visit my place in Kerala even if it is for a short period of time and I happen to be on my menstruation, I am not allowed to enter the kitchen or eat with everyone else.
Recent studies also show that girls are deprived of understanding more data about menstrual hygiene because of these superstitions.. Its just a biological process,usage of clothes during periods itself is a unhygienic practice because of this urinary tract infection and cancer are common nowadays. Therfore its necessary to educate the people in a deep root level