Sunday, 18 April 2021 04:16 AM
May 31, 2017 03:30 AM NPT
By: Priyata Bhatta
When I was 11,
I was forced to be old.
My body started changing;
I was experiencing a whole new world.
Yes, I got my period,
And I thought it was supposed to feel great.
But the society had different expectations,
which I eventually started to hate.
I went to my grandma’s place one day,
which made my confidence drastically fall.
As I told her I was on my period that day,
She didn’t let me enter the kitchen at all.
I felt impure, I felt unwanted,
as I sat alone outside,
Nobody was allowed to touch me apparently,
I was crying inside.
I wasn’t allowed to go to temples,
I just couldn’t figure out why?
Rapists, terrorists, even murderers are welcomed there,
but a girl on her period is denied?
Everything was just so confusing,
especially when Dashain and Tihar arrived;
I just sat there silently on my own,
Though I said I was okay, I lied.
Menstruation is a natural process.
For sure, it’s not a crime;
let’s change this mentality of ours,
Now, is definitely the right time.
Priyata is a high school student at
NIST International School.
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