Supreme Court Asks Government Response On Free Sanitary Pads!

Mon Nov 28 2022 21:19:53 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)

India is the fifth-largest economy in the world now. But it is not matched to many countries in the health sector and basic facilities. We are yet to provide safe toilets to women in tourist places and bypass areas. For a very long time, there is a demand that girl students studying in state-run schools should be given free sanitary pads.



Hearing a PIL on this, the Supreme Court made some interesting comments and said that it is an important issue and sought the response of the governments at the Centre, States, and the Union Territories.

Jaya Thakur a doctor in Madhya Pradesh is also a social activist and fights for key issues. In the petition, the doctor said that sanitary pads should be provided to girls studying in classes 6 to 12 in state-run schools in the country.

The bench of the Supreme Court comprising Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justice P S Narasimha heard the petition and said that the PIL raised the important issue and sought responses from the governments.

It is a serious issue that the majority of girl students cannot afford sanitary pads due to poverty. The demand to make sanitary pads free for students of government schools was raised a few decades back. Sadly the demand could not be reached and activists are hopeful of seeing that possible this time.