Menstruation: A curse?
Despite modern society’s advancement in science, the deep-rooted taboo surrounding menstruation continues to flourish unabated in our country, discusses Porni Banerjee.
The subject of menstruation has been held taboo in India's social structure since time immemorial – menstruating women have long been considered impure or unholy. From when a girl starts to menstruate, she is taught to discuss the topic only in hushed voices; she is not allowed to enter the kitchen, touch the eatables or even eat several things during 'those five days'; she is forbidden to visit temples and is instructed to sleep on the floor in a separate room, among many other such primitive restrictions.
If she does not follow these rules, she would 'pollute' everything and everyone around her.