Actress Bhavini Purohit who has been part of shows such as Saath Nibhaana Saathiya and Jana Na Dil Se Door, feels the need of ‘Period Friendly‘ environment. “Even in the cities and metros, access to clean toilets is a luxury. Not all workplaces may be “period friendly” and stepping out of the comfort of one’s home during this time continues to be a challenge for most women. I feel the issue is still not discussed openly. We should start educating the people that periods are natural,” she added.
Actress Roshni Sahota known for shows like Shakti – Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki urges people to create a safe space for girls. She tells, “Ironically, period talk is treated as the most hush-hush topic in society but needs to be addressed with the highest regard. The perspective is certainly changing now. In most countries, girls still avoid going to school when they are on their period. Women in rural areas or in poverty-ridden nations still use paper and other harmful materials such as dried leaves and plastic as a substitute for sanitary pads. We need to create a safe space, where no woman or girl is limited by something as natural and normal as her period.”
Actress Amrapali Gupta urges women to raise their voices on the issue in a responsible way. She says, “Surprisingly that even today most women in our country do not talk freely about it. In some communities in India women, during a period are not allowed to enter places of worship, cook food or participate in socio-cultural activities. All this and more perpetrates the myth that menstruation is impure and the body is cursed during this time. This is rather contradictory given that, if a girl does not have periods she would be considered infertile and therefore cursed! So you are damned if you don’t and condemned if you do. We, women, are responsible as we don’t stand against such social norms. It’s high time we should come out strong and confident.”