They are robbed of so many things we take for granted. Family-less, friend-less, love-less and in many cases hope-less.
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.
70-year-old Kanchan Parulekar helms Swayamsiddha, a Kolhapur-based organisation that, in the last 28 years, has worked to create women entrepreneurs. The businesses range from bakeries to food processing units, bag manufacturing units, beauty parlours and handicrafts.