Living in the modern world, the 21st century gives it’s women a very tough choice to choose between a sanitary napkin and an unhygienic cloth. Period . Shameful isn’t it ? India has reached mars but Indian women are still afraid to go to a medical store and buy a sanitary napkin. From 1505-1961, we were ruled by the British and now we are being ruled by social stigma’s.
Same cases just different people. Undoubtedly we have seen a remarkable change in our society regarding menstruation but why are the stigma’s still there? This is high time now. Let’s be honest, haven’t we all seen a metropolitan women hesitating to ask for a sanitary napkin. Using a cloth during menstruation opens up a path for innumerable diseases, uterine cancer, urogenital infections, UTI to name a few.
We say prevention is better than cure then why not prevent the use of unhygienic cloth and we then don’t have to search for any cure ! Families are slowly opening up about it but only with their daughters, the other gender is kept away from all this.
Our government has created programms such as RASHTRIYA KISHOR SWASTHYA KARYAKRAM for promotion of menstrual hygiene but has laid 12% GST on sanitary napkins. Apart from government and NGO’s the entertainment industry has also tried it’s hand in spreading awareness about menstrual hygiene.
Movie’s like Padman were made who earned estimated 216.57 crore’s but they only worked for women living in the urban areas who are already taking care of their menstrual hygiene and using sanitary napkins but what about the other side of the coin.
Females living in rural areas who don’t have enough money to buy a sanitary napkin how will they purchase a movie ticket ? We have enough questions but no answers. In many parts of India, women are first “purified” before she is allowed to return to her day-to-day chores after her periods. The underlying basis for this myth is also the cultural belief of impurity associated with menstruation.
Cultural norms and religious taboos on menstruation are often compounded by traditional associations with evil spirits, shame and embarrassment surrounding sexual reproduction. However, there seems to be no logical or scientific explanation for this. We are technically functioning on non-believable customs.
The choice is our’s now whether we want to make these stigma’s our legacy and give them as a gift to our future generations or we want to end these and provide them a better world. To conclude, Menstrual hygiene should never be compromised or get affected by any stigma whether personal, religious or social.