New Delhi: Sachhi Saheli, a Delhi based NGO that works towards raising awareness about menstruation, organised a ‘Period Feast’ in Mayur Vihar area of the capital city. During the feast, the food was prepared and served by 28 menstruating women. Reports claimed that more than 300 people from all walks of life, including Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, participated in the feast. Also Read - Religious Guru Says Women Who Cook During Menstruation Will Be Reborn As 'Bitch', Trolled Massively
The event was organised in response to the incident where 68 female students in Bhuj were asked to remove their inner-wear to prove they were not menstruating, as well as Swaminarayan Bhuj Mandir’s priest Krushnaswarup Das’ statement on menstruating women.
Das had stated that if women cook and serve food during periods then they would be born as ‘kutri’ (female dogs) in their next life.“This is a symbolic protest to show that the statement is absurd and women are not afraid of being reborn as dogs, nor are men afraid to eat and get reborn as oxen or asses. Had the Swami’s words been true, the population of dogs would have been a lot higher than what we find,” Dr Surbhi Singh, a gynaecologist and founder of ‘Sachhi Saheli’ told a leading portal.
Last year, a similar fest was organised at the Central Park and Pad Yatra (march) in the inner circle area of Connaught Place to eliminate the shame and taboo around menstruation. Over 8,000 students and teachers from 55 government and private schools had participated in that fest and the march. The March was flagged off by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.