By being partisan in dealing with the period talks or expressing indifference to the current condition of MHM (Menstrual Hygiene Management) in the country, we might still feel like a set of moral and rightful citizens, playing our civic duties. But what if I tell you that we all are “Period criminals“?
Yes, you, me, our government, we all are nothing but a bunch of period criminals. We consider the “Constitution of India” holier than thou, yet we openly flout the basic norms of this book at every level.
Let’s dive deep and analyze how our present socio-political set-up and we as different parts of this system are failing the period fight from the dimensions of constitutionality.
Now, you realize how our tiny sense of period-treatment is causing a ripple in the constitutional setup? Moreover, it might be clear by now that the current set of MHM policies and guidelines though seem like a noble commitment from society’s side in terms of its operation and its mandate, but the real picture is quite distorting. The reality is conspicuous by the absence of open period talks, treatment of MHM as taboo or “female issues” and insensitivity towards the need for the adequate period-friendly infrastructure.
For starters, people can acknowledge how they are failing their constitution and general civic sense by not perceiving MHM as a crucial issue of survival linked to all. It is not just about discrimination towards the women; rather, it’s more deep-rooted about our view as parochial human mind set that is running away from its moral duties.
Secondly, executives can pass a decree to the effect that calls for a complete prohibition of period-ostracization on the lines of the untouchability act. It will go a long way to correct the historic wrong being done to women in the name of outcast traditions and retrograde mentality of society.
Supreme Court can explicitly put “Right to Period” under Article 21 of our Constitution because it is significant for the dignity of women. If the right to speak is provided under the implicit tone of this article, I believe this idea is well-justified to the cause of the issue.
I hope this article has been an enlightening piece in making you understand the relation between period fight and women and constitution and our behaviour towards MHM.