Should women be entitled to paid menstrual leave? Parliament to decide

The Ministry of Women and Child Development recently said there was no proposal to provide for menstrual leave, neither did the ministry planned to pilot a legislation on the issue


Ninong Ering, a Lok Sabha Member of Parliament from Arunachal Pradesh, has moved a private members’ Bill, ‘the Menstruation Benefit Bill, 2017’, which has proposed that women working in the public and private sectors get two days of paid menstrual leave every month. The Bill also seeks to provide better facilities for rest at the workplace during menstruation. Ering, who turns 59 on Wednesday, represents the Congress in the Lok Sabha, and may be on the cusp of stoking a debate on the issue within his own party. Earlier this year, Culture Machine, a media company, ...