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Delhi High Court asks authorities to take a timely decision on leave for women during menstrual periods

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New Delhi (ILNS): A petition has come before the Delhi High Court, seeking paid or casual leave or overtime pay for women employees during menstrual periods. The division of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jain heard the petition filed by Delhi Trade Union advocate Rajeev Agarwal. The bench today said that all authorities should take a decision in this regard in a time bound manner. 

The petitioner has requested the Central Government and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government to give paid leave and rest for women workers during menstruation. The petition stresses that every woman goes through a lot of mental and physical pain during their menstrual periods and she needs to take care of her hygiene as well.

The petition adds that by not giving special casual or paid leave to women, the officers are denying female employees their human respect.

The petitioner further stated that women workers of all classes, including central and state daily wage earners, contract workers and outsourcers should be given paid leave for four days a month. 

If a woman works during those difficult days of the month, then overtime pay should be given to them. Also, clean toilets and sanitary napkins should be available to them, urged the petitioner.

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