The color "RED"

Shruti Singh
Posted January 10, 2021 from India
Oh Red! Are you pure or impure?
Dear RED, I hope you understand that there is no bias against you as a color but it is the people around who think that you are both pure and impure

The color RED is often symbolized as auspicious in Indian rituals. No matter the age of a girl or woman, that same RED becomes impure when they are menstruating. The color of 'aalta' (red color pigment applied on hands and feet by girls and women on special occasions) and the color of menses are like two sides of a coin: one so pure that any ritual feels incomplete without it and one so impure that menstruating girls and women cannot enter a temple or be part of any ritual. Imagine a girl child who has just started menstruating and wants to attend a ritual but cannot; she is expected to follow a religious belief and act like a 'woman' even before she can understand or question the 'why' behind it. Apart from the religious aspect, the child also has to let go of her education because of lack of proper menstrual hygiene products, practices and knowledge. It is time that the mental pressure that is applied on a girl child is reduced when menstruation is in question.

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valem
Jan 11
Jan 11

Dear sister shruti how are you ?
Welcome in world Purse, happy to hear voice from India.You are in the right place ,with lots of passion,love and care hope to hear lots from you.
Valem

Shruti Singh
Jan 11
Jan 11

Dear Valem,
Thank you for the warm welcome!

Nini Mappo
Jan 11
Jan 11

Hello Shruti,
Welcome to World Pulse. Thank you for giving us a sneak peak into some traditions and beliefs that inhibit girls and women. You are in the right place where women are raising their voices against traditions that enslave, leading grassroots movements for freedom, and working in various ways to empower girls and women. We look forward to learning more about you and your passion for gender equality in your future posts.
Sending you warm new years greetings :)

Shruti Singh
Jan 11
Jan 11

Dear Nini,
Thank you so much! Will try my level best to convert the experiences I have till now into words and present to all the sisters here.
Warm and joyful greetings for New Year!

rebecca.tang
Jan 11
Jan 11

Thank you for sharing with us the tradition of India. Here is the platform for women to raise their voice. It is not easy to change the long belief/tradition immediately. All of us needs to work harder to improve the situation.
May Almighty God bless you!

Shruti Singh
Jan 11
Jan 11

Dear Rebecca,
Thank you for your response. You have very rightly mentioned that changing a long belief/tradition requires time and cannot be changed immediately. We will definitely work towards it together to ensure a better future.

Hello, Shruti,

Welcome to World Pulse! I'm glad that a new voice from India is rising up!

You're such an observant woman that you found the biases of your country on the color red. Having awareness of one's culture is a good start. Thank you for giving us a glimpse of rituals in India and how menstruating girls are prohibited to join such. Menstrual blood is pure. What's impure is the blood that comes from murdered souls committed in war and conflict. I hope you can help spread awareness in shifting mindsets of menstrual blood. Thank you! Please keep writing more!

Shruti Singh
Jan 12
Jan 12

Hello Karen,
Thank you for your encouraging words and the warm welcome. Will surely try my best to keep writing more.

You're welcome, my sister!

Beth Lacey
Jan 15
Jan 15

Welcome to World Pulse. Yes, this is a deeply rooted cultural issue that must be solved

Meredith Kaknevicius

Thank you for your story. The more we talk about mensturation the closer we get to replacing fear with knowledge.