Kerala CM Vijayan skips ‘Hurray menses’ function meant to celebrate ‘periods’

Pinarayi Vijayan

The Hush Post| 9:03 am | two-minute-read

Even as Sabarimala controversy is on, yet another controversy erupted in Kerala – a related one. The Chief Minister of the state Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday withdrew himself from a programme which celebrated menstruation.

The programme was held to “celebrate periods” to bring an end to the stigma of the menstruation. The two-day programme called “Aarpo Aarthavam” (Hurray menses) was organised by some activist groups. It was organised in reaction to protests in the state by right-wing outfits over the implementation of a Supreme Court verdict. The SC had allowed the entry of women in the menstruating age groups into Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala.

The organisers had informed the media that Mr Vijayan, who had organised “Women’s Wall” programme on women empowerment on January 1, would be part of the function on Sunday. The function was also attended by many cultural heros of the Left.

However, government sources said the chief minister had never consented to be part of the programme.

Citing the tight schedule of the CM, the CM’s office said Pinarayi Vijayan had four back-to-back programmes in Kochi on Sunday, but the “Aarpo Aarthavam” function wasn’t part of that schedule. The programme, which began on Saturday, aimed at ending the stigma around menstruation. Menstruation is still largely considered a taboo by a significant section of Kerala society.

“Kabali” director Pa Ranjith spoke at the event on Saturday.

Over 35 lakh women from various walks of life had participated in the 620 km-long state-sponsored “Woman’s Wall” campaign stretching from the northern tip of Kasaragod to the southern end of the state on January 1. That programme too was held to celebrate women’s rights and freedom.

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