Nepal recently passed a historical law, criminalizing the isolation of women on their period. The government said that from now on it will be a criminal offense to treat women like untouchables when they are on their period. In Nepal, it was like women were not allowed to enter the house they were compelled to live outside the house they are not even allowed to interact with people. They were also not allowed access to basic hygiene and were denied access to education and work too just because they were considered ‘impure’. This is practiced in many Hindu communities all across the globe. It is not only restricted to low class and poor people but is followed by high to middle-class people also. Now, people who will practice this will be punished by the Nepal Government and under the new law passed.
Many women in India are still fighting against such prejudices and are struggling to be treated like humans when they are on their period. The scenarios in rural areas are way worse than this they don’t even have access to basic menstrual hygiene because there are so many taboos around it. While the Indian Supreme Court landmark judgment upheld women’s right to enter places of worship during their menstrual cycle, though this have strengthened women in India still there is a long way for Indians to go ahead and get rid of all kinds of taboos and prejudices.
In India, there are so many myths and taboos prevailing regarding menstruation.
Few of them are: A woman is not allowed to enter in kitchen, she is not allowed to do daily household chaos, she is not allowed to bath regularly, should not opt for sanitary pads available from the market the lists doesn’t end here, it will keep on going from one topic to another but it will never end. This was all about the things women face despite living in urban areas, the situation in rural areas is far worse than this.
India also needs to catch up and do away with such archaic beliefs and prejudices. India should also take some lesson from its neighbors and work together for the betterment of India as a whole where no one is it men or women are deprived of anything. Nepal, here, sets an example for everyone to look upon and take actions accordingly. Treating women like untouchables when they are going through something which is way too natural and, maybe, without which mankind would not have existed is not right at all. India should also take a note of what Nepal government did.