MENSTRUAL HYGIENE – NOTHING TO SHAME UPON
Ashima Behl & Bhavleen Kaur
Amity Law School, New Delhi
Young girls in India face silent struggle, lack of facility and privacy deprive them not only from education but also from many other important aspects which seek to develop them in their social life. The concept of believing menstrual cycle as a taboo combined with the approval of social stigma has been handing down since generations. Therefore, they primarily get deprived of their education as they held provided with no space to change and even they are lacking in mode of development of such time. Resulting to which they wear over used cotton clothes or sanitary pads whole day. This steered them to feel ashamed to go to school and in society too. Adding to the worseness they leave school as they hit the age of puberty. Due to lack of information and awareness they held with such unforgiving step in life, mostly at times the chapter in school regarding menstrual is skipped as it is considered as a matter of shame to teach those things which are ought to be considered as out of bounds. In India with a female population of 315 million, who menstruate and getting far reaching simultaneously may bring some adverse and profound negative effect. Nations round the world are face the issue of this hygiene where women are considered to be in an impure cycle of the month and should not be treated for good things. Similarly, in India though since generations mother have been telling her daughter not to go to temples, or to kitchen, or not to touch anybody, not to join hands to the deity, not to bring their shadow to any person going for respectable work, or to any pure place yet the hygiene of a woman or sanitation of a female was never focused.