For the freedom to bleed red, students from Delhi University bring menstruation to the streets

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For the freedom to bleed red, students from Delhi University bring menstruation to the streets


COLUMNS / The new age movers and shakers   /   Apr 13, 2015
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“With blood stains on our skirts, holding pads, cloths, tampons, condoms, contraceptive pills and many other ‘secrets’ that we want to scream to the world, we plan to go marching, marching down hostile streets, past the pharmacies and the authorities, past the temples and the kitchens, past the markets and the classrooms, showing the blood on our skirts for the messy business that it is,” said Shambhawi Vikram, one of the organisers of the ‘come and see the blood on my skirt’ protest.

On Friday students from Delhi University organized the ‘Come and see the blood on my skirt’ and were later joined by students from Jamia Millia Islamia and JNU etc. The students marched outside the Vishvavidyalaya metro station and towards Khalsa College, shouting slogans such as:

“Khalsa ke sathiyo saath do”
“Baabu tera taboo Nahi chalega”
“We want free pads, free lives, free sexuality, free reproductive health”
“Aaj kal tere mere period ke charche har zubaan par”
“Jab bleed kiya to darna kya”
“Khoon dekh le, tu mera khoon dekhle”


(Video Courtesy: ScoopWhoop)

The come and see my blood can be looked upon as an extension of the #padsagainstsexism campaign which first started in Jamia Millia Islamia but was brought down by the authorities on the pretext that the students didn't seek approval from the authority. Whereas the logic of not seeking approval is there, the bigger question is had they gone ahead to the authorities to come up with something like this, would they have been allowed to carry it out even if it used one of the most peaceful form to put the message forward.

The march saw around 50 students, but all of them sounded very enthusiastic and were demanding their right to bleed without shame and stigma. The protest can also be seen as an effort to initiate a dialogue on menstruation and sexuality which so far is hushed upon by everybody including a majority of women.

(video courtesy: Celluloid Drapers)
(image courtesy: FUCCHA)
The views expressed here are those of the authors and doesn’t reflect the official policy of Janpratinidhi. The views expressed here are those of the authors and doesn’t reflect the official policy of Janpratinidhi.
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