Over hundred men and women gathered in a hall here on Friday to watch in rapt attention ‘Maadhavidaai’, a documentary on menstruation directed by Geetha Ilangovan.

“It is sad that women continue to be ostracized during menstruation in several villages in Tamil Nadu. The documentary has demystified the myths surrounding menstruation”, said Bimla Chandrasekar, Director of EKTA Resource Centre for Women. She also lauded Geetha Ilangovan for taking up and exploring the issue that has affected many women.

Speaking on the occasion, poet R. Ravi said society continues to be dominated by men. “The efforts of the director should be lauded because she has brought to light the issues faced by women and has focused on a topic that people still shy away from”, he said.

The 45- minute documentary gives an insight into the various issues faced by women in Tamil Nadu. The documentary has women from various walks of life such as school and college students, teachers, women’s rights activists, doctors, agriculture labourers, police officers, differently abled and sanitary employees speaking about the problems they face during menstruation and the need for women friendly public lavatories.

The documentary was released in Chennai on December 2012 and was screened in three meetings in Madurai on Friday. The audience then shared with Ms Ilangovan their views about the documentary.

According to Ms Bimla Chandrasekar, one in three women across the world is being subjected to violence. Condemning the recent incidents of sexual abuse against women in India, she said the cities are not safe for women anymore. “It is the obligation of the Indian government to protect their rights”, she said. EKTA is conducting a safety audit in Madurai to make the city a safer place, she further said.