MENSTRUATION – This is a topic, I’ve wanted to write about for a long time, but never found the courage to write abt it. I always tell myself, this is very personal and I should not cross lines.
But a recent incident, made me ponder on this issue and I just decided to get it out of my system.
I have a wonderful neighbour, M. She is kind and quite helpful. And we have a common maid-servant. The maid finishes work at M’s house and then comes to mine. We’ve such an arrangement and so the timings are clear.
Last month, one day, the maid came to my home almost an hour earlier. I was totally surprised, as she sticks to time generally. So, I asked her whether M has gone out somewhere.
But the maid replied that since she is menstruating, she is not allowed into M’s house. I was SHOCKED. People follow such rules, even today ????? 🙄
Then, my maid asked me, if its OK to work at my place, during her menstruation time. I told her that as long as she feels physically well to do the work, she can do it. If she wants to rest, then just go home. My maid was quite happy at my response and she started doing the work.
Yes, long time back, they had this tradition of making the menstruating women, stay alone and away from household work. They were not allowed into the kitchen or puja room. If you look into the do and don’ts from a Brahmin’s point of view, its just mindboggling and I’ve gone through most of them.
Those people’s only explanation is that the body needs its rest and we should listen to our body and take the required rest.
But, it was not put across correctly. Explanations were not clear. And so, over a period of time, people started discriminating those women who menstruate.
Menstruation is a natural process, which every woman undergoes. It goes on to say that the woman is healthy and happy. So, why discriminate her ????
If God gave us this body and the menstruation along with it, they why discriminate the women during these physically uncomfortable times ????
If all she needs is rest, then why the Dont Touch Me syndrome ????? 🙄
Even though I’ve gone through all these in my home and my grandparent’s home, I’ve decided not to follow all the stupid things, for my daughters. I’ll give them all the rest they need, but never will they feel alone or left out, because they are menstruating.
Let us be more sensitive to this issue and treat women for what they are. Lets not discriminate women based on a natural process called MENSTRUATION.