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Tribal girl breaks menstrual taboo in Chhattisgarh

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | RABINDRA NATH CHOUDHURY
Published May 16, 2016, 1:22 am IST
Updated May 16, 2016, 8:35 am IST
Jandai has revolted against the taboo on the ground that the girls and women risked attack of wild animals (Representational Image)
 Jandai has revolted against the taboo on the ground that the girls and women risked attack of wild animals (Representational Image)

Raipur: An adivasi girl in a village in Chhattisgarh’s tribal-dominated Bastar region has created a ripple in her community by challenging the taboo of socially boycotting women during their menstrual period, prevailing in her society.

Jandai Nag (16), resident of Purantari village in south Bastar district of Dantewada, refused to follow the practice of quietly slipping into nearby forest before sunrise to stay out of sight of men folk, and return home after sunset, when she has her period.

Women of her community have also been forced to stay in a makeshift hut built outside their houses, during their menstrual period. “Jandai has revolted against the taboo on the ground that the girls and women risked attack of wild animals when they spend the day hour in the dense forest during the period.

Jandai Nag not only broke the social taboo by insisting to stay home during the period but also encouraged other girls and women in the village to follow her footsteps”, Gayatri Devi of Banabasi Samaj, a non-government organization working for eradication of social evils in tribal villages in the region, told this newspaper on Sunday.

According to the NGO spokesperson, Jandai incurred the wrath of village elders in initial days of her resistance to the practice for violating the age-old traditions of the community. But, the women folk in the village rallied behind her forcing traditionalists to make a retreat. “This is also a form of subjugation of women”, she was quoted as saying by the NGO spokesperson.

A World Bank sponsored study by noted educationist Dr Jawahar Sursetti has found that majority of tribal women living in remote areas of Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Jharkhand have been forced to use leaves as napkin during their menstrual period due to lack of access to sanitary napkins.

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Location: India, Chhatisgarh, Raipur




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