“कोई कोई एक कपड़ा चार बार इस्तेमाल करे है, कोई दस बार.” (some of us use one cloth 4 times while others use it 10 times). Another woman said, “माहवारी समस्या लगती है. अपनी समस्या किस्से कहे, अपने मर्द से भी नहीं कहे सकतें. जब कपड़ा गंधा भी मिल जाता है. धो कर सुखा लेते है माहवारी के लिए.” (Menstruation seems like a problem. Who do we talk to about it? Can’t even speak to our husband about it.. Even when we find a dirty cloth, we wash it, dry it and use it for menstruation.)
Earning not more than 150-200 a day as daily wage labourers, these women struggle for cloth in a time when even water and food is challenge.. Many live with only 2 synthetic saris for 1-2 years. Old cloth is commonly used and reused for menstruation, for months at end. Some even said they wished to stop their menstruation since it only added to their troubles.
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