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Aditi Sahu
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Periods are a simple biological process that almost every woman goes through on a monthly basis. So something that is as common for half the population, one would think it must so normalised, but sadly that is not the case. Periods have been and remain till this day a taboo in India. A conversation centred around periods has always been a matter of hush-hush. With increase in the literacy rate and the education of people in general, something as normal as periods should have become a very comfortable thing by now, but unfortunately, our society has failed to treat this normal biological process as normal, instead they treat it as something that is very shameful and impure.

Menstruation myths are still very common in almost every household in India. In some Indian households women are not allowed to enter temple, while in the other, they are considered so impure that they are not even allowed to touch food or enter the kitchen. We, as a society, should be ashamed of ourselves that we treat this natural process with such disgust and stigma. We are definitely trying to educate ourselves on different issues, but in the matter of periods, we still have a long way to go. We need to educate ourselves and the people around us that periods are just a simple body process that half the population goes through, it is not supposed to be pure or impure! It is just what it is. We need to get rid of the stigma surrounding periods make it such a normal topic that it can even be brought up in a dinner table conversation.