Did you know, an average woman uses 11,000- 17,000 sanitary napkins in her lifetime. Plastic blocks airflow to the vagina, which can be a direct cause of cervical cancer, UTIs, yeast infections, rashes, allergies and painful periods. This is exactly the reason why Deepanjali Damlia came up with the idea of natural and biodegradable sanitary napkins for women.
Rather, the dialogue is part of the recent Akshay Kumar starrer, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha. The film, directed by Shree Narayan Singh, which has Akshay and Bhumi Pednekar in the lead, deals with the topic of open defecation. In the film, Kumar takes on the role of Keshav, a manglik villager, who falls in love with Jaya, played by Pednekar and marries her.
The proposed idea to annihilate taboos surrounding menstruation passed across generations, despite its logic, failed to entice me. No bodily waste is apposite of adorning your living room or warming up your neck – neither the menstrual blood.
For these girls and women, menstruation becomes a horrible and painful ordeal that they have no option but to suffer quietly. Adding on to these woes is the lack of affordable and clean sanitary napkins, the stigma and taboos that surround menstruation and the lack of awareness over a process that is natural and vital. Thankfully, though, attitudes are changing slowly as more individuals and organisations are actively trying to remove the stigma that is associated with the process, and are creating awareness about the need for hygienic practices during menstruation.