A book written by Elcy Sharma Shamurailatpam, ‘Menstruation-deconstructing myth and beliefs’, was released on Sunday by Manipur Health Minister Sapam Ranjan in presence of Kshetrigao MLA Noorul Hassan and professor Chungkham Sheelaramani, at Manipur Press Club.
Addressing the gathering, Minister Sapam Ranjan said that in our society, menstruation (period) remains a taboo that cannot be discussed openly and freely. In comparison with ancestral period and present taboo, there is little change but we cannot say that taboo has gone, he added.
Taboo has to change, said the minister, adding that change should be brought from grass root level by educating. Mother has the responsibility to educate boys or girls or family members that menstruation is not a taboo, it is a natural gifted process for women, he said.
“Without menstruation we human beings may not be there”, said the minister. Taking serious concern, the chief minister of Manipur has taken up the initiative of keeping sanitary pad vending machines at every school. Sanitary pad will not charge GST, he added.
Minister also spoke about health issues while having periods and gave awareness of the menstruation cycle of women. He further said that we should be very concerned about reducing the infertility rate and increasing infertility centres in the state, which will affect the state's demography.
He called for educating people and ending the taboo of periods in the state.
MLA Noorul Hassan suggested adding a syllabus on menstruation in schools under a policy. We should stop protecting or conserving misbeliefs and myths. Under sustainable development goals, to bring a healthy life for everyone an inclusive education though process requires. And also, to end taboo, an open discussion of sexuality or menstruation with due regards should be conducted, the MLA said.