HC Seeks Delhi Govt Stand on PIL Concerning Sanitary Napkins for Girl Students in Schools

The Delhi High Court on Monday sought a response from the Delhi government over the public interest lawsuit which seeks to immediately restore the female student sanitary napkin facility in all government schools here, and said just the lack of a running contract was not good enough to stop a social action. . Addressing a bench chaired by Acting Chief Justice Vipin Sangi, Delhi government advisor Santosh Kumar Tripathi said the facility, which is said to have been shut down since January 2021, is likely to start after schools reopen after the summer holidays as the new tender has already started. It has been introduced and will likely be completed soon.

The arbitral tribunal, which also includes Judge Sachin Datta, questioned why such a measure should be stopped due to the lack of a temporary arrangement and stated that it is always up to the government to purchase goods at approved prices from the government e-marketplace. The court said the Delhi government should develop a policy to deal with situations in which the current decade lapses with the passage of time.

The court said that simply not having a contract in operation is not good enough to stop a social action of this kind and the Delhi government should develop a policy to deal with the situation as the current contract elapses with the passage of time. The petition filed by the NGO Social Jurist alleged that since January 2021, the Directorate of Education (DoE) has not provided sanitary napkins under the supervision of Kishori Yojana to female students of government schools in Delhi due to facing this problem.

The petition, submitted through advocates Ashok Agarwal and Kumar Utkarsh, submitted that the Ministry of Education has adopted the Kishori Yojana scheme in which female students who study in Delhi Government Schools are provided with sanitary napkins to maintain their personal hygiene and general health and also to remove obstacles in their studies. “The Department of Education’s video publications … directed the head of government and government-assisted schools to distribute sanitary napkins to female students,” said the renovation of female students’ sanitary napkins facility in government schools is very important and necessary for their personal hygiene and general health, and the petition said that in his absence, their education and attendance are negatively affected. .

She argued that the measure taken by the Ministry of Education not to provide sanitary napkins facilities was illogical, unreasonable and arbitrary and violated the basic right to educate female students as guaranteed by the Constitution and read with the provisions of children’s right to liberty and mandatory. Education Act and Delhi School Education Act. The matter will then be heard on July 6.

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