Actress Mithila Palkar is currently the most famous digital actor. The actor garnered acclaim with her portrayal of Kavya Kulkarni in Little Things- a romantic comedy web series. She is not only a versatile actress, but she is also a singer, a fashionista and a strong supporter of safe and sustainable menstrual health practices. Indian Express In a conversation with Mithila, Mithila talks about her first period in India, the state of feminine hygiene and menstrual health.
In an Instagram post, the actor revealed that he had his periods for the first time while writing the board exam. Talking about it, Mithila told the publication, When I was in 8th standard, our school organized some sessions on Menstrual Education. I got my first period talk from my older sister. We had a candid conversation about menstruation and hormonal changes, when a girl gets her period for the first time, etc. So yes, I knew about it. But it was a completely different experience when I got my period for the first time, I was caught off-guard!”
The actor also talked about the current situation in India with respect to feminine hygiene and menstrual health. While there are companies and brands trying to promote the importance of menstrual health and feminine hygiene, India still has a long way to go to see a big change. Menstrual health is most neglected in rural areas, which unfortunately constitute a large part of our country.
During the interview, Mithila said that a large part of India still has prejudice regarding menstruation. “They are not comfortable talking openly about anything related to periods. The rules like no entry in the kitchen and holy places during menstruation are maintained even today. A significant change can only be driven if we collectively work towards breaking these taboos by educating people around menstruation and encouraging women to embrace their menstruating bodies and take away all their filthiness. Be the master of your red spots in glory!
Giving some advice for the people, he said, “Menstrual health is of utmost importance. It is our duty to take care of our body, especially during periods, and practice a good hygienic routine. And it is equally important to understand that periods are just periods. They do not make a person unclean or dirty. So, for every young menstrual period, I would say embrace your red spots with pride. Your body is incredibly powerful. embrace it.”