An advocate has moved the Delhi High Court seeking focus on preparing an adolescent girl for puberty and adulthood through education and ensuring that school drop outs due to lack of access to sanitary products are eliminated, involvement to ensure no girl child misses on her education and health due to lack of basics.
A bench headed by Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal has sought a response from the Centre. A PIL filed by lawyer Setu Niket who has raised his voice for a National Level Policy to establish a system to provide education, sensitization and ensure availability of menstrual hygiene products such as sanitary napkins to adolescent girls in schools.
The PIL says “for the effective implementation of the Right to Education Act it is imperative that every child is it a girl or boy shall not be deterred from basic elementary education for any reason whatsoever. However, the State fails in its responsibility to provide education to the girl child when she has to drop out of school after entering the age of puberty due to certain biological changes in the body and due to lack of sanitary products and the inability (due to lack of education or financial constraints) of her guardians.
The PIL makes following prayers:
*Formulate a Policy to establish a method to provide education and to make ensure availability of menstrual hygiene products to girls in schools.
* Ensure implementation of the policy across all co-education & girl Schools includes all private and government.
* Provide free or at subsidized rates all school going girls with sanitary products either within the School system or in collaboration with the Local Health Centre/clinics on regular intervals.
* Establish a mechanism to provide education to all adolescent girls aged between 11-14 years (or up to students of Grade XII) about menstrual hygiene & necessary safeguards.
* Provide a mechanism for every school going adolescent girl to have access to a trained female school teacher/health counselor in the School premises on a weekly or monthly basis for imparting education about menstrual health.