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27th February 2023 (8 Topics)

Reducing pain: On menstrual leave

Context:

  • Recently, the menstrual pain leave discussion has taken pace both in Parliament and the Supreme Court in a bid to achieve gender equality and address several roadblocks.

 

Towards Gender Equality:

  • Amendment in Maternity Benefits: In India, the Maternity Benefit Act that was enacted by Parliament in 1961 has been amended from the earlier 12 weeks to 26 weeks.
  • Policy for Menstrual pain leave: India’s forward going society now seeks to frame rules for granting menstrual pain leave for students and working women.
  • Sensitising for women health: One of the aspect in recent times is women health and well-being, which is now more pronounced by women openly.
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