A plea has been filed with the Delhi High Court, asking the city government to immediately reinstate the sanitary pad facility for girls students in all government schools in the national capital. The PIL is likely to be heard on Monday.
The petition filed by the NGO Social Jurist states since January 2021 that the Directorate of Education (DoE) is not providing sanitary pads under the Kishori Yojana to the girl students of the government schools in Delhi, causing them to face difficulties. The plea, filed by lawyers Ashok Agarwal and Kumar Utkarsh, argued that the DoE had adopted the Kishori Yojana, whereby the girl students studying in Delhi’s government schools would be given sanitary pads to maintain their personal hygiene and general health, as well as to overcome barriers in their studies.
“DoE vide circulars… instructed government leaders and government-supported schools to distribute sanitary towels to girl students,” it said. The plea emphasized that restoring the sanitary napkin supply for the girl students is extremely important for their personal hygiene and general health, as their absence will adversely affect their education and attendance.
It argued that the DoE’s action not to provide sanitary pads is irrational, unreasonable, arbitrary and contrary to the fundamental right to education of girls as guaranteed by the Constitution, read with the provisions of the children’s right to free and the Compulsory Education Act and the Delhi School Education Act.
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