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Explain steps taken for awareness on menstrual hygiene in schools: HC to govt

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The High Court today asked the authorities to explain the measures taken by them to create awareness about menstrual among school students. A bench of Acting and Justice C directed the Centre, government and the local civic bodies to file status reports on the working of the menstrual scheme for schools, budgetary allocation for and the manner in which such products are disbursed. It also asked the governments and civic bodies here the status of publicising awareness schemes and their effective implementation in schools. The court's direction came during the hearing of a plea by Setu Niket, who sought direction to the Centre, the government and civic bodies to establish a mechanism to provide on menstruation and menstrual in all schools here. During the hearing, the for the petitioner submitted that there was multiplicity in schemes and everyone wanted to do something different due to which the funds for the issue get diluted. He said there should be one single scheme for which the funds should flow from the Centre to the government. Additional standing of government said that tenders have been floated for procurement and disbursement of products. He also said that the was spreading menstrual awareness among adolescent girls in the schools and were providing sanitary napkins every month "free of cost". Monika Arora, appearing for the North Municipal Corporation, said the authorities have been taking steps on menstrual and they are managing even though they are short of funds. The court listed the matter for further hearing on July 11. The government had earlier informed the bench that even teachers in government schools were imparted training on the issue of menstruation. The petitioner had told the court that according to a survey, the school dropout rate for girls was the most during puberty. She had sought direction to the authorities to ensure that menstrual products were made available to adolescent girls in schools free of cost or at subsidised rates. The plea had also sought the establishment of a mechanism to provide to girls aged 11-14 years about menstrual and safeguards, and access to trained female teachers or counsellors in schools on a weekly or a monthly basis for imparting on the issue. It had said it was imperative to sensitise children in the 10-14 age group about menstrual and every possible effort should be made by the state to help girls continue with their The New Municipal Council had informed the court that the girls, studying in their schools, were given sanitary napkins on the last working day of each month and they already have separate toilets for girls, boys and school staff which are maintained by their civil department.

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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 20:15 IST