Menstruation is still considered as a taboo in India. Many parts of the country treat women in their period as impure. People say that women should not attend poojas and enter temples, during menstruation. Even after many campaigns and awareness programs, the stigma still remains in the society. This taboo made actress Shraddha Srinath a non-believer and a feminist at the age of 14. The actress shared the story which made her a feminist. Many people got connected to it and applauding the guts of Shraddha for speaking it out.
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I was 14. At a family pooje, I got my period. I was not accompanied by my mom, so I nudged my aunt sitting next to me and worriedly informed her of it (because I was not carrying a sanitary pad). Another good natured lady sitting close, saw me worried and overheard me and said to me, smiling reassuringly, “Parvagilla chinna, devaru kshamistaare/ don’t worry child, God will forgive you” (for being part of the Pooja while menstruating). That’s the day I became a feminist and a non believer. I was 14.