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While most continue to abstain from readings during their menstrual period, some admit to having participated in 38 – S H E R R Y- A N N S I N G H – the reading but refraining from physically touching the text. This usually occurred when the individual was at odds with the stigma of impurity allotted to menstruation, or, paradoxically, out of sheer embarrassment at having to discuss such a personal matter with the usually elderly and respected male leader of the group. A few, justifying their pragmatic approach to the issue with the notion that the menstrual cycle is “God’s work”, participate in all aspects of the discourse.

Women cannot do certain things that the opposite gender can do, you cannot go certain places that the opposite gender can go because you are the female species; you are the hunted one by the male. The Hindu woman is not a passive woman . . She has invented the ideal leadership role: she leads her husband, her family and her community from behind. She is the leader in every community. But to go up to the microphone and make speeches and so on, she leaves that to the others . . shaking hands, she leaves that to the others .

Women cannot do certain things that the opposite gender can do, you cannot go certain places that the opposite gender can go because you are the female species; you are the hunted one by the male. The Hindu woman is not a passive woman . . She has invented the ideal leadership role: she leads her husband, her family and her community from behind. She is the leader in every community. But to go up to the microphone and make speeches and so on, she leaves that to the others . . shaking hands, she leaves that to the others .

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