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Research Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences
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Study on Prejudice Pertaining to Menstruation among Rural women of Sullia Taluk, Karnataka state
Dr. Yashaswini. B. 1, Ms. Bhavva2
1Assistant Professor, MSW Course, Mangalore University, Mangala Gangothri, Karnataka, India, 574199
2MSW Student, Humanities Block, Mangalore University, Karnataka, India. 574199
Menstruation is stigmatized in our society. This stigma built up due to traditional beliefs in impurity of menstruating women and our unwillingness to discuss it normally. We don't know what may have been the reason that forced the holy men to refer to menstruating women as 'unclean'. But all religions refer to menstruating woman as 'ritually unclean'. The society shies away from discussing menstruating. This leads to a lot of convenience for young girls. Many girls and women are subject to restrictions in their daily lives simply because they are menstruating. Not entering the "puja" room is the major restriction among urban girls whereas, not entering the kitchen is the main restriction among the rural girls during menstruation. Menstruating girls and women are also restricted from offering prayers and touching holy book. The underlying basis for this myth is also the cultural beliefs of impurity associated with menstruation. It is further believed that menstruating women are unhygienic and unclean and hence the food they prepare or handle can get contaminated. with these a research is conducted to know are there any taboos existing still.
Prejudice, taboos, Menstruation, rural women.
Yashaswini. B. , Ms. Bhavva. Study on Prejudice Pertaining to Menstruation among Rural women of Sullia Taluk, Karnataka state. Research J. Humanities and Social Sciences. 7(4): October- December, 2016, 247-254.
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