The topic of 'period leave' is much debated on a global level today. And even as the debate has seen many comments for and against it, a government school in Kerala implemented 'period leave' about 100 years ago. According to a book 'Kerala In The 19th Century' written by historian P Bhaskaranunni, the head teacher of a school requested for such leave in 1912 as women would normally be absent during the period. Girls were also granted 'period leave' during exams and were permitted to write it later.
Hundred years later the noise gets louder for equal pay and opportunity, there's also a nagging cry for 'period leave', which is largely considered to be a 'woman's problem'. In most cases, you're expected to pop a pill and get on with work even if you are bogged down with excruciating cramps. In a society where many consider 'period leave' to be a 'stupid excuse'.Today we live in a society where many consider 'period leave' to be a 'stupid excuse', even though it might be much more than that for many. The need for such a leave was best understood by this small school in Kerala. And that school was clearly way ahead of its time, or should we say way ahead of its period.