Heartbreaking pains, I feel
Every month for 7 days, I bleed;
You still see my blood with disgust,
When it bears the fruit of your seed.
Menstruation, also known as menorrhagia, is a natural phenomenon unique to girls. It is a process in which blood is drained from the uterus through the vagina. This characteristic interaction first occurs at the ages of 11 and 14, which is considered the onset of puberty for them.
It has always been surrounded by many anathemas and misconceptions in many societies. In various countries like India, this theme has been ignored to this day.
Women are considered unclean and unclean for the community. Humanity does not understand that if women do not have menstrual cycles, then none of them will be born. Every child on this planet Earth is born by menstrual cycle and if it is unclean then everyone’s birth is unclean and also the creation is unclean.
Menstruation and history
The genesis of this taboo dates back to the Vedic period and has been linked to the murder of Vritras by Indra. In the Vedas the guilt of killing a Brahmin has been explained and it is generally believed that every month it is considered a menstrual cycle because of the women who took the bull by the horns and initiated the part of guilt of Indra.
The difficulties encountered by women
Menstruation has become a nightmare for women. They do not have proper menstrual hygiene products like sanitary napkins, tampons, menstrual cups, etc. Many women in India still turn to banana peels, leaves, and clothing during their menstrual cycle. Poor hygiene practices led these girls to suffer from various diseases like uterine and skin cancer etc. and they usually have to deal with humiliation. In 2018, the Indian government imposed the Pink Divide Tax, in which women are typically charged a 12% GST tax on menstrual hygiene products. The lower strata of society are generally ignored as these women earn less and have to pay more because of these draconian taxes. UNFPA (The United Nations Population Fund Agency), an international organization that supports the rights of all women, men and children so that every human kind in the world can worship a healthy life and enjoy equal rights. chances. They provide menstrual hygiene products for women and also provide sex education which includes information on menstrual health. India has witnessed many alliances of married children as the first menstrual period ended in marriages and pregnancies. This is generally seen as a symbol of transition to femininity and they are unable to follow their dreams. Many women die of frustration and depression.
Chhaupadi is still practiced in many villages in India. This is a practice in which women are forced to live outside their homes, in a huts or menstruation huts while they are having their period and are exposed to extreme cold, stroke. animals and sexual violence. They have to take their meals in certain utensils which are then thrown away and have to wear special clothes which are then buried. It is considered to be a sign of an evil spirit and believed that menstrual blood was used by women to impose their wish on a man and for this they are not allowed to come into contact with other people around. they. Due to lack of awareness, women suffer from the stigma of isolation, shame and danger. They are not allowed to enter the kitchens. In the air of modernization, it is still implied that women, during their period, give off an odor that makes stored foods unpleasant and that contact with various foods like pickles, curds, etc. contaminates them. They are even prevented from going to temples, pooja halls to offer prayers and touch holy books.
superstitions in other countries
In Israel, the girl gets a slap in the face when she has her first period just because she doesn’t believe those pleasant red cheeks will remain constant throughout her life.
In countries like Romania and Italy, it is advisable not to touch the flowers otherwise they will die sooner.
In the Philippines, the girl has to rub her face with the first menstrual blood in order to have glowing skin.
This heinous anathema has had a pessimistic impact on women. It affected them emotionally and mentally. Women during their period feel less confident and stigmatized. It also affected their way of life. Many parents are reluctant to educate their children about menstruation and this topic is never discussed out loud, so it is high time to educate every girl about the menstrual cycle and raise awareness about menstrual health and hygiene. Not only do girls need to be educated, but it is equally important that men and boys recognize menstruation so that they can primarily support their wives, daughters, sisters and peers. Many health education campaigns have succeeded in achieving this goal. There should be appropriate arrangements to provide suitable facilities for sanitation. Considering the lower strata of society, cheap sanitary napkins should be available in rural areas and ghettos. Many programs such as NRHM (National Rural Health Mission) have been initiated by the Indian government in this regard.
Kaleidoscope of change and hope
The denial and disgust that people represent towards menstruation can never alternate that the virtuous and godly act of parturition is a consequence of the bleeding cycle that a girl goes through each month. While it is difficult to change and convince someone’s point of view, we can still consider the responsibility of educating others and breaking down that taboo that has somewhere stretched an invisible leash around girls. It minimizes and stifles their cries of pain somewhere and prevents this generation from normalizing their periods and their excruciating pain. With the hatred and superstitions about menstruation gone, there would be an emergence of empowering men who would openly buy hygiene products for their special ladies without a hint of shame or disgust.
Society needs such men
We need such men.