While menstrual hygiene is a complicated and challenging topic in India, it is good to see that advances are being made, slowly but steadily.
In the latest one, the Supreme Court of India decided to install three vending machines for sanitary pads and three incinerators to dispose of used napkins as well. The whole project has been granted funds of Rs five lakh.
The champion behind this move is Advocate Nandini Gore, who is the Secretary of the Supreme Court Advocates-On-Record Association (SCAORA).
Nandini informed the Court that there are around 1,000 woman lawyers and many other woman staff with the Court Registry who immediately needed the attention.
The Apex Court seems to have taken her argument very seriously.
Other than the funds for the vending and incinerating machines, a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra also allocated Rs 80 lakh for the Supreme Court Bar Association. The amount will go into a fixed deposit, whose interest will be used to provide medical assistance to lawyers, according to a report in Hindustan Times.
The Apex court Registry has been asked to allocate the funds from Rs 1.4 crore deposited with it by two Gurugram-based doctors convicted for contempt by sheltering an absconding former MLA of Haryana.
The move to install vending machines plus incinerators has been gaining ground in government institutions. Earlier, the University Grants Commission (UGC) asked varsities and higher educational institutions to install sanitary napkin incinerators in women’s hostels.
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