BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: According to the National Family Health Survey 2015-2016, among 336 million menstruating women in India roughly 36 percent women use sanitary napkins, either locally or commercially produced. So, that leaves a large section of the women without proper sanitation care during their periods. And then, though we talk about technological advancements, women are considered “impure” if they enter the temple when they are menstruating.
Bengali debutant director Aritra Mukherjee’s film Brahma Janen Gopon Kommoti starring Ritabhari Chakraborty, Soham Majumdar and Soma Chakraborty challenges this very “restriction” against women. Recently, a silent walk was organised in Kolkata to throw light on this issue that there is nothing “impure” when a women is menstruating. Apart from the main cast and crew of Brahma Janen Gopon Kommoti, around 200 people including girls had participated in this walk from Priya Cinema to Tridhara Club.
Soham, who had become a known face after playing Shahid Kapoor’s friend in Kabir Singh, walked with a placard alongside his mother. “I also brought my mother with me. I think it is all about perception and though it will take time to change perception, it is important that the dialogue has started,” he said.
Ritabhari, who will be seen as a lecturer and also as a priest in Brahma Janen Gopon Kommoti, believes it’s high-time people break the taboos of the society and talk about these age-old restrictions. “I am extremely happy to see so many young people participating in this silent walk. Of course, we cannot change the mindset overnight. Menstruation is a natural biological process, yet there are so many taboos and myths surrounding it. As women, we are tired of those myths and taboos. The conversation has started and we hope it will lead to a change,” said Ritabhari, who installed sanitary napkin vending boxes in few public toilets in Kolkata along with city padman Sobhan Mukherjee. Later, after reaching Tridhara Club, the Brahma Janen Gopon Kommoti team also offered Puja at the mandir.
Digital marketer Ambalika Ghosh said since childhood girls are taught not to enter temples when they are menstruating. “However, we cannot be impure. Women cannot give birth if they don’t menstruate. Then, how come we become impure and dirty. It’s time the mindset changes,” said Ambalika, who was at the silent walk. Brahma Janen Gopon Kommoti releases on March 6.