Snehal Chaudhary is a 24-year-old software engineer from Mumbai, who has made it her life’s mission to eradicate menstrual taboos in India. She is the founder of an NGO called Kshitij Foundation that has helped spread awareness about the myths associated with periods to more than 10,000 women and students across 50 villages.
Snehal is from a village in Maharashtra called Shelu Bazar in the Washim district. Fortunately, her family rubbished inane menstrual myths even before she hit puberty.
But none of the practices in the village offended or affected Snehal very much. It was only when she moved to Nagpur for her higher studies, did she feel the wrath of ridiculous taboos.
Snehal recalls an incident when she received a call from the orphanage to help with a worrying situation.
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When she reached there, she found a 13-year-old girl locked in her room, refusing to open the door for anyone. But when the girl knew it was Snehal who was outside, she came out of her room.
Completely shook, Snehal decided to learn more about the issue and even consulted a gynaecologist to do so.
In college, she asked her friends to join her and slowly they went to schools, colleges and workplaces to do the good work of fighting dangerous period folklore.
However, the journey was not easy. People would not talk about menstruation openly. Teachers at the village schools would avoid them after knowing that they are going to talk about periods. Villagers opposed talks on breaking such taboos. Some friends and relatives even went to the extent of even advising Snehal’s parents to get her to stop talking about these issues.
People started recognising Snehal as one of the warriors of the fight against menstrual taboos, and Khitij foundation was invited to many places to raise the awareness. The team was invited to the Maharashtra Police Academy while they were training a batch of 700 lady police constables. The session was a huge success as the lady constables openly talked about how it is hard to change during long working hours or deal with period pain in extreme conditions. This was an eye-opener for their male colleagues, who realised they need to help them with work during such times
.Snehal and her team is breaking one taboo at a time. Snehal claims that with the help of social media, now team Kshitij has a representative in each state of the country educating more than 10,000 students and women.