Only 12 % out of India’s 355 million women use napkins.Sanitary products are still classified as luxury items.23% girls drop out from school on reaching menarche.
Other effects of no menstrual facilities are:-
Lack of participation of women at workplace.
Increased rates of reproductive tract infections and cervical cancer.
The first step towards empowering woman and giving the freedom from the menstrual handicap would be abolishing the tax on menstrual products and bringing them under”Essential commodities act “.
Secondly environment friendly sanitary napkins should be placed in all public places in vending machines.
Also one very important aspect is that of the manufacture of environment friendly sanitary napkins still remains an untapped market and millions of women can be provided employment by setting up manufacturing units at every level in cities, towns and villages.
Not only shall it empower women and maintain their health but it shall also bring about economic empowerment in Indian women which has been a distant dream till now for the policy makers as well as the women of our country.
This will bring about a social revolution which will further bridge the gap of gender inequality.
Stop this #LahukaLagaan#stoptaxingmyperiods
P.S-Women already suffer from periods now don’t make them suffer for bleeding, it is not voluntary!
Honour is not just a word in India, it is the reality of many and that many too are from one gender.
Honour is one of the major obstacles being faced by Indian women.
In the name of honour women and girls in India suffer through out their lives.
Every action they do or every mistake they make is associated with honour especially if they decide to choose their life partner or if they are sexually assaulted .
So strong is the ethos of honour that a woman chooses death over assault as was the case of “Rani Padmini “who is revered for jumping in the fire as her husband lost the battle and died ,than falling into the hands of “Alaudin Khilji “who supposedly was so struck by her beauty that he waged a war ,to make her his queen.
As a fable it is fine though highly misogynistic tale but to believe that every woman of this country will do the same is preposterous .
Any sensible person would rather be assaulted than die because life is precious then why do when it is about women such nonesensical ideas come about?
Honour killings are not about honour but about Braminical patriarchy which first divides in the name of caste and then in the name of gender.
How can honour be associated with vaginas?
Why the words Bra and panty invoke shame but cuss words of fucking mother and sister are macho?
Why a choice of a girl for her life partner threatens the whole society ,when actually caste is the biggest curse of our nation?
Why we can go slapping people for interpreting the story of “Rani Padmini” differently but cases of rape and mass molestations do not offend us?
Why everything to do with women is questioned and super analysed so much?
Why cannot we just breathe and forget for once whether we are man or woman and just remember we are all humans.
As a woman I am so fed up of being a woman.I wish I could just be a human and I wish our society became gender less as gender has done more harm than good to women.
P.S.: In the name of honour or in any name whatsoever ,I refuse to be Tandoori Chicken!
Haramkhor is an odd movie with a very strange purpose .It leaves you thinking.
There are no sides taken. Nothing is good or bad , complete gray shades of human beings.
And yes ,the underlying theme is adolescent girl students sexual and emotional abuse by man of older age who is also her teacher.
When we all were in school ,we had that one crush on that one teacher.And in here it’s the same ,the only difference being the teacher also gets intrested in his girl students.
As far as performances are concerned once again Nawazudin has effortlessly slipped into the skin of the character.And one thing which makes this actor great is that he is never intimidating, never larger than life still creating an impact on the mind of the viewer.
Of course , as an audience I am fed up of close up shots of actors who manipulate the medium to present something they are not!
And Nawazudin is nothing like that and that is very refreshing.
Also the girl being played by Shweta Tirpathi is very interesting as not even once you feel that the actor is not 15 years old and that is a great achievement as an actor .
What is most exciting about this film is the comic interludes of the two male students who keep on chasing the girl and in the course of it , keep on hating the teacher. Their childishness is captivating taking us all back to our childhoods.
And then is the master stroke , the end of the movie , how something ordinary leads to something so extraordinary and that is not very nice but upsetting but to know it you will have to watch it.