Exclusive: Sneh From ‘Period. End of Sentence’ Tells Her Story
Cameraperson: Nitin Chopra
Video Editor: Deepthi Ramdas
Twenty-three-year-old Sneh, the protagonist of the award-winning documentary Period. End of Sentence. spoke to The Quint about her journey of battling stigmas around menstruation in her village Kathikera, near Hapur in Uttar Pradesh. The India-based documentary won an Oscar at the 91st Academy Awards in the Best Documentary (Short Subject) category on 24 February 2019.
Sneh, a graduate in Home Science from a college in Hapur, aspires to work for Delhi Police, and has been preparing for the entrance examinations.
When asked why she wishes to join the services, she says,
Sneh says her family was much more supportive but doesn't deny the struggle that went in when she decided to join the sanitary pad-making unit in 2017. Most women faced flak for making sanitary pads.
Sneh, like most other girls, told her parents that they would be “making diapers for kids”.
Initially, we faced struggles. People asked us why we chose this job over any other.’It pays as little as Rs 2,000. Why can’t you find other jobs?’ they asked. Not just me, we all heard this. Later, it became normal and we stopped paying attention to them. We let them say whatever they wanted to, and ignored them.Sneh, Lead, Period. End of Sentence.
Action India, a Delhi-based NGO, set up a sanitary pad-making machine in the village as a part of the ‘The Pad Project’. The machine, funded by the students of Oakwood school, Los Angeles, raised many questions in Kathikera, while it was being installed in the area.