The first period can be scary and confusing. But coupled with deep-seated taboos around menstrual impurity, it can become a harrowing experience. Four women of different ages from rural Uttar Pradesh share their experiences of menstruation and the stigma. These experiences surprisingly are very similar to the ones shared by the women of urban India too. "After my first period, all my grandmother said was 'You are a woman from today onwards. During your days, your body is impure.' I was scared that I was down with some cancer." says Sangeeta Rane, VV's Communication coordinator.
COMMUNITY CORRESPONDENT USHA PATEL REPORTS FROM UTTAR PRADESH FOR VIDEO VOLUNTEERS. THIS SERIES DOCUMENTING EVERYDAY PATRIARCHY IS SUPPORTED BY UNFPA
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