Goddess Today, Untouchable Tomorrow?
It is that time of the year again. Little girls will be worshipped for being “goddesses”. And in a few years, these very girls will be told that they are not supposed to enter the kitchen, sleep separately, not ‘pollute’ certain spaces and be shameful for what is essentially a bodily function.
Last month, a 12-year-old committed suicide in Chennai because she was shamed by her teacher for a period stain on her clothes.
Do people even understand what a menstrual cycle is? How is it that when a girl gets her first period, its is celebrated as a sign of fertility but then onward, it is something to be ashamed of and hidden?
During the festival, the spirit of innocence that a girl represents will be celebrated. How is it she loses this innocence when she starts menstruating?
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