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Free sanitary pads to girl students from class 6 to 12, petition filed in Supreme Court


A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court demanding free sanitary pads for girl students in schools.
The petitioner has demanded that sanitary pads should be arranged for girl students in all government schools.
The petitioner has also demanded that separate toilets should be provided in schools for girls.

New Delhi. A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court on Wednesday regarding sanitary pads. The petition has demanded that free sanitary pads should be provided to girl students of classes VI to XII in schools in India. The petition has urged the Supreme Court that the court should direct the government to provide sanitary pads free of cost to the girl students studying in class VI to XII, so that girls from poor and economically weaker sections face difficulties in getting sanitary pads. Don’t have to Jaya Thakur filed a petition in the Supreme Court through advocates Varindra Kumar Sharma and Varun Thakur.

Petitioner Jaya Thakur has said that the adolescent girls of 11 to 18 years coming from poor background are facing serious difficulties. These teenage girls do not know about periods and hygiene to be maintained during periods, nor are they able to talk to their parents about it. Apart from this, it has also been said in the petition that there is also a lack of awareness among the people of poor families regarding periods.

Separate toilets for girls in all schools
Due to weak economic condition and lack of information, malpractices and traditional methods are used in poor families during periods. Due to this, the girls of poor families fall prey to serious diseases and in such a situation, it becomes difficult to get out of school or home. Apart from this, the petitioner has also demanded that separate toilet facilities for girls should be provided in all government, aided and local schools and a sweeper should be appointed.

Demand to run three-tier awareness program
Petitioner Jaya Thakur has demanded in the petition that the court should issue orders and directions to the government to run a three-tier awareness program. Under the three-tier awareness program, first of all, people should be made aware about menstrual health and to remove the different myths around it. The second is to provide adequate sanitation facilities and subsidized or free sanitation products to women and young girl students, especially in disadvantaged areas. Apart from this, information should be given about ensuring an efficient and hygienic way of disposal of used items during periods.

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