Breaking The Bloody Taboo For Girls In India


Menstruation comes with innumerable taboos in India, despite of preventing thousands of deaths women are victim of the taboos. A women cannot sleep on the bed, she cannot sleep inside the house hence forced to sleep outside the house or in the animal shelter, she cannot work in the kitchen and not even touch few articles because they get impure, they cannot go to the temple and worship because during this process women are considered to be impure and some people even treat them as untouchable. In this era it’s shocking but the fact is it is practiced in various parts of the country!

Humans For Humanity is an organization run by a 23 year old young social worker, Anurag Chauhan who is working on a project called WASH – Women Sanitation Hygiene for 3 years now. The organization provides free sanitary napkins to women, the napkins are either handmade of cotton or prepared by supporting NGOs in India. They also provide workshop by doctors, nutritionists and research scholars who explain to the women and girls the reason why menstruation takes place, hormonal changes, and biological factors to make them aware of the facts. Many people in rural parts of India consider menstruation a dirty process, some think of it as a disease, all of this happens due to lack of awareness and age old taboos. The volunteers of the organization then provide a training program under which these women from slums, villages, govt. schools & colleges are taught how to make their own napkin rather than using ashes, sand, leaves, jute bags, dirty cloth, etc.

The organization recently launched its Menstruation campaign in a temple in Jaipur, Rajasthan. HFH’s pilot project – WASH women sanitation hygiene in Jaipur was launched by Rukshamani Kumari of Chomu Royal Family, Suman Sharma (Chairperson, Rajasthan Women Commission), Anannasa Founder Sher Lo from Australia, Author Tripti Pandey & several young volunteers who went to Jawahar nagar basti to distribute sanitary napkins and give a workshop on menstrual hygiene.

It is undeniable that women are as much of a powerhouse, if not more, as men when it comes to working towards progress of the women. In every field from sports to academics and all other professions women have left a significant mark. And in the years to come the younger lot is only bound to outdo what their ancestors have done but there is still a huge population of women in India who die due to poor menstrual hygiene. Countering to the major problems Humans For Humanity started making handmade Sanitary Napkins from cotton cloth and have been distributing free of cost in urban slums as well as villages. Workshops are held at various government schools and colleges with young girls to make the aware about the same by lady doctors and volunteers. They also teach women & girls how to make their own sanitary napkin which has also become a mode of earning for few women who make these napkins in bulk and sell it at very low price in nearby household. Recently actress Twinkle Khanna also appreciated the efforts of the organization and joined hands to spread awareness.

On this occasion Founder of Humans For Humanity, Anurag Chauhan said, “Save the lives of the women who are dying every day before you stand to empower them.”

“We certainly can’t change the world but start to change”, added the 23 year old Founder of HFH. Rukshamani Kumari who is the face of the campaign in Rajasthan said, “It gladdens my heart that such young individuals are coming forward for such causes, I congratulate the entire team of Humans For Humanity for their efforts”.

Humans for Humanity is a brain child of Anurag Chauhan, aged 23 years, who began his journey of serving society and doing social work from Dehradun, at a mere age of 16 years. Even at that age, he harbored an ambition to improve and work on the social strata of the world we live in.

Currently, the organization headed by him is evolving social work by engaging not only the youth of Delhi, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh but also people of different professions to work towards regaining the lost sheen of society. The organization hosts interns from 17 countries (Spain, Brazil, China, Japan, Indonesia, Egypt, Argentina, Nepal, Sri lanka, Australia, Bahrain, Afghanistan, Columbia, Italy, etc) working and researching on various issues of the slums in India. Other than WASH the organization also works on the following projects:

  • Street Smart
  • Each One Teach One
  • Clean India Campaign
  • Promotion of Indian Culture and Heritage

Present on the occasion were Rukshamani Kumari of Chomu Royal Family, Dr. Suman Sharma Chairperson Women Commission, Rajasthan, Sakshi Boolchadani coordinator HFH, Princy Randhawa Professor in charge for the activity.