Vishal Arora reports from Colombo on the aftermath of Sri Lanka bombings on Easter Sun, Apr 21, 2019. Interviews with those delivering aid and trauma support to churches affected via the Nat. Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka, and others.
Few in India had heard about the small village of Bishada in the northern Uttar Pradesh state’s Dadri district until 2015, when a mob of Hindu villagers lynched a 52-year-old Muslim man, Mohammed Akhlaq, on suspicion that he slaughtered a cow.
Nuh, part of the Mewat region and the only Muslim-majority district in the northern Indian state of Haryana, figured at the bottom of the list of the country’s 101 most backward districts released by the Indian Government’s policy think tank Niti Ayog last year.
Sanitary pads were recently made tax-free in India but that has changed little for many women, who have been using pieces of cloth for generations. The use of cloth during periods exposes them to diseases and often gives them bruises. Affordability is an obstacle, but a lack of awareness is a bigger one. As this video shows, many women and young girls consider themselves to be impure during menstruation and choose to abstain from visiting temples or touching almost anything. One hopes the government would take notice of this.