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Indian Women Protest Menstrual Taboos With #HappyToBleed Campaign

November 26, 2015

An Indian college student, Nikita Azad, started an online campaign ‘Happy to Bleed,‘ to protest against extreme cultural taboos that menstruating girls and women are subject to in India. She launched the campaign after a temple announced that women would be allowed to enter only after the invention of a machine to detect whether or not they are having their periods! Many young women have supported this campaign by posting photos of themselves with menstrual pads or tampons and signs with the hashtag #HappyToBleed. Some Hindu temples in India have notices displayed prohibiting menstruating women. Of course there is no way to tell whether or not a woman is menstruating, and many Hindu women voluntarily don’t enter when they are menstruating. A few years ago, a prominent actress was arrested and taken to court, because she confessed to someone that she had on one instance entered a temple while she was menstruating. Read that post here https://genderbytes.wordpress.com/2010/12/17/is-it-a-crime-to-menstruate/

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  1. September 8, 2016 10:30 pm

    I am so sorry for my sisters in India who continue to be regarded as dirty shits prohibiting them to enter a temple during menstrual periods. What a discriminatory act against women? I thought it only happened 2,000 year ago. But today’s modern age, it is a kind of WHAT’S THIS? WHY IS THAT?

    I was so shocked to know that there in India still this regard against women and practice exist? O my God, bless us!

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