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Aditi Sahu
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Stigma around periods is something that most of us are aware of. Why is that so? Because almost every home impose some sort of restrictions around women who are menstruating. No matter how much it affects the mental of the women, these restrictions are never-ending and they keep on contributing to the stigma around periods. While stigma around periods is definitely deeprooted in the Indian society, at least a lot of women experience it at the same time and hence we know that there is work happening to cure it. But there’s something that the majority of people are not aware of and that is period poverty.

Women belonging to economically weaker classes or from rural areas don’t get access to the necessary period products, and hence they are forced to use unsafe products like dirty cloths, sand, or even ashes. This is a very shameful thing for our country. Period products are not and will never be a thing of luxury for women, it’s literally their basic necessity, then why is our country not able to fullfill the basic necessity of half the population? This needs to be rectified as soon as possible. We need to work towards ending both period poverty as well as stigma in the coming years.