In a horrific incident that has sent shockwaves through the community, a 13-year-old girl was brutally murdered by her own brother after she got her first period. The incident occurred in the Thane district of Maharashtra, India.
According to sources, the girl had just started menstruating for the first time, and her brother a security guard aged 30 , who was unaware of the biological process, saw it as an affair and became enraged. He allegedly attacked his sister with a sharp object, causing fatal injuries. He also signed her with tongs on her tongue, back and other body parts leading to burn marks .
The family members immediately rushed the girl to the Central hospital in Ulhasnagar , but she succumbed to her injuries on the way. The brother was subsequently arrested and is currently in police custody.
A case of murder has been registered under section 302 of Indian Penal Code.
Severe Lack of awareness related to menstruation is highlighted
The incident highlights the lack of awareness and education about menstruation in many parts of India. In many families, menstruation is still considered a taboo subject and is not openly discussed. This leads to a lack of knowledge among young boys and girls about the biological process, which can have serious consequences, as seen in this case.
It is imperative that we break the silence around menstruation and educate both boys and girls about it from a young age. Menstruation is a natural process that should not be stigmatized or treated as something shameful. It is high time that we address this issue and raise awareness about menstruation in our communities.
The tragic death of this young girl should serve as a wake-up call for all of us to take action and ensure that every young person has access to accurate information and education about menstruation. Let us work together to create a more inclusive and informed society where every individual, regardless of gender, can live with dignity and respect.