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In some countries, women get days off for period pain

Handful of private Indian companies have started such policies in recent months

Aneri Pattani | NYT 

Recently Akanksha Seda got in her car at 10:30 a.m., as usual, and rode 45 minutes to her company’s office in Mumbai, India. A few hours later, she got her period and, she recalled, “the eighteen-wheeler truckload of cramps.” Rather than popping painkillers and working through it, as she used to, Ms. Seda went to her supervisor and informed him she was taking the day off. For many Indian women, that would be considered a bold move. Periods are a taboo subject, and discussing cramps with a man can be embarrassing for some, Ms. Seda said. But at Culture ...

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First Published: Wed, July 26 2017. 09:19 IST