Why India must battle the shame of period stain

Article Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-52830427

Discussion posted by: David McNamara

They are often excluded from social and religious events, denied entry into temples and shrines and even kept out of kitchens. On the occasion of World Menstrual Hygiene Day, award winning photographer Niraj Gera attempts to de-stigmatise periods in this hard-hitting series called Sacred Stains. Given the lack of conversation about periods, according to one study, 71% of adolescent girls in India are unaware of menstruation until they get it themselves. Campaigners say it shows that parents rarely prepare their daughters for something they know is bound to happen. And this unpreparedness leads to so much avoidable fear and anxiety.