Even amongst India’s high-society families, who drive flashy cars and live in lavish homes, there are women who are victims of period exclusion. This practice includes the exclusion of menstruating women from shared spaces – like the dining table, kitchen, and temple – and stands as a huge challenge in the way of dismantling age-old taboos and embracing inclusivity. You’d be surprised how even today, in seemingly progressive families, menstruating women are stigmatized and are forced to isolate. Here’s an example.
A woman from Surat named Rupal Mitul Shah, who has nearly 300K followers on Instagram, shared a video wherein one can see how the entire family sat down at the dining table to share a meal together while another girl was sitting on the floor with her food because she was on her period. The woman on the floor is the influencer’s daughter.
She explained in the caption that in her family, women strictly avoid person-to-person contact while they are on their period and that it is a rule that they have been following for ages.
The influencer has deleted the video after it received immense criticism but the video has been circulating online via various platforms. Have a look:
People online couldn’t believe that even today, such taboos exist not just in the rural parts of the country but even in high-society families. Here’s a look at what some people have been saying:
some “influencer” has posted a reel of her family in a posh looking house sitting on the dining table & eating then the video cuts to her sitting on the floor a little away from them & eating her food. in the caption she mentions, it’s bcs she’s on her period. great culture.
— k (@krownnist) December 3, 2023
It’s her daughter who is sitting on the floor and eating who looks mad af about it but the mother is so proud of it.
— Swati (@swatigarg20) December 3, 2023
Bro???!!! The caption???? You’re telling me you and your daughter “love to follow” a tradition that treats women as untouchables for ..a normal bodily function? And you’re not gonna even TRY changing that?
— 🐋 ⁷ SAW YOONGI TWICE 😭🇵🇸 #JinDay (@snoozedaway) December 3, 2023
If following traditions, they should build a menstrual hut instead so that they can’t even see each other.
— piirocetamol 🏳️🌈 (@piirocetamol) December 4, 2023
This seems so normalized in that household. Bizarre and disturbing. What other horrors have been normalized within those shiny walls…
— Sangita (@Sanginamby) December 4, 2023
So glad my family doesn’t have this kind of rituals and whenever I get to know all this I feel so blessed
— karishma (@kari_dabhi) December 4, 2023
The influencer has said it’s her personal decision to follow her family’s practices. If you dont understand the reason, try to learn up why it was being practiced instead of trying to show fake feminism & outrage on social media and trying to shame someone or a religion. 🤷♀️ pic.twitter.com/ivZoK4jFHw
— 𝝟𝝖𝝡𝝖𝝟S𝝜𝝞 Ter 🇮🇳🕉 (@sushdishaTer) December 5, 2023
Practices like this foster a culture of shame and inequality for women and this has no place in a progressive society, if we wish to be so that is.