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Editor's Essay: Why Menstruation Is Outlook's Issue Of The Year

We at Outlook have decided to settle for something more substantive from now on to encapsulate the 12 months by settling for an Issue of the Year. For 2018, Menstruation is the Issue of the Year.

Editor's Essay: Why Menstruation Is Outlook's Issue Of The Year
Editor's Essay: Why Menstruation Is Outlook's Issue Of The Year
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2018-12-29T11:51:47+05:30

Vijaya was only 12 years old when her world came crashing down. The girl from Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu was banished by her family in November to a shed outside her home when she menstruated for the first time. She stayed there for three days, until a gathering cyclone whipped the state and the temporary shelter collapsed on her. Vijaya died.

In a nation of more than a billion people, the death of a girl in a far corner of the country made no difference. The news was mostly buried in inside pages of newspapers and barely found mention on television channels generally obsessed with celebrities, controversies and scandals. There were plenty of them in 2018 and Vijaya’s tragic death was generally ignored.

To find space­—however fleetingly—under the spotlight is never easy in a country such as India where there is never a dull moment. 2018 was no different. The year began with a rare press conference by four senior sitting judges of the Supreme Court—interpreted as a virtual rebellion against the chief justice—and the nation remained...

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