A bunch of young boys and girls, with red-stained posters, banners, placards, pamphlets and sanitary napkins started off a journey to initiate a dialogue about not alienating the process of menstrual bleeding.
Many students joined the rally that took place near Delhi University Campus | Source: ScoopWhoop/Ahmed Saifi
After the protests against menstrual bleeding in Jamia Milia Islamia University a few weeks ago, a group of students from Delhi University, Jamia and JNU gathered at the Vishwavidyalaya metro station on Friday morning, shouting slogans ‘ muft pads nahi mile to, khoon bahega sadko sadko’.
Protesters with stained sanitary napkins. | Photo: ScoopWhoop/Ahmed Saifi.
In a motive to omit the differences in the society regarding women’s body and their sexuality, these young men and women set out a march called ‘Come and see the blood on my skirt’.
Two weeks ago, Deepti, a teacher in Delhi University and the main initiator of this march, with a group of people set out a campaign talking about menstruation inside the Delhi University campus and that led her conduct this march .
An activist holding a poster at the campaign meet in New Delhi. | Source: ScoopWhoop/Ahmed Saifi
“Girls in the campus responded spontaneously and said if not physically but in spirit they will be supporting us,” Deepti told ScoopWhoop.
Another participant Shambhavi Sharma said, “The idea of doing this march is to tell the society that yes we do menstruate and bleed for almost 40 years of our whole life time and we are not ashamed of it.”
A piece of cloth stained with red colour at the campaign in New Delhi. | Source: ScoopWhoop/Ahmed Saifi
These young activists created a Facebook page and began posting details about the campaign to mobilise attention and opinion. They managed to attract people from outside Delhi too to join the campaign in person.
While a gathering of people were shouting slogans and walking down the lane, we spotted a girl walking silently behind them holding pamphlets in her hand. When asked about what brought her here, she chose to stay anonymous and said, “Well I am not from Delhi. I have come all the way from Bangalore. I came across this event on a Facebook page and decided to join these guys.”
“Menstruation embarrassments are so common and we all faced it. I don’t want the next generation to go through this,” said the Bengaluru girl.
Ashley Tellis, ex lecturer Delhi University attends the campaign meet. | Source : ScoopWhoop/Ahmed Saifi
The ‘impure’, ‘dirty’, ‘shameful’ tags attached to menstrual blood should no longer be repressed.
“Women are going through such problems everyday and I feel men and women both should come up and join these protests,” said Ashley Tellis, a ex lecturer at Delhi University who was there to support this event.
No more whispers, no more murmurs, it’s time to talk.
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