LUCKNOW, May 29 -- Three words, "Mein Napaak Hoon (I am Impure)" used to echo in the minds of women and girls of Kuwarpur Baghel village of Hardoi during periods.

It's not so now, as 16-year-old Shikoh Zaidi has dared to break the silence on menstruation and puberty and talk about it.

"Since my childhood, I have seen women in my village facing this trauma. Women are considered impure and treated badly during their menstruation period," she said.

A class 12 student in VidyaGyan Leadership Academy, Sitapur, Zaidi said her mother was reluctant but her father Mohd Muslim Zaidi supported the cause to make people of her village aware about menstrual hygiene.

"I was in school when I gained puberty two years back. I was in a hostel. Since I was...