On Friday 24 February 2023, the Supreme Court declined to consider a PIL that asked for menstrual leave for female pupils and working women across India, claiming that the issue belonged to the domain policy. A bench made up of Chief Justice DY Chandrachud, Justice PS Narasimha, and Justice JB Pardiwala considered the petition submitted by Attorney Shailendra Mani Tripathi.
Shailendra Mani Tripathi, represented by attorney Vishal Tiwari, had petitioned the court, asking it to order the States to establish regulations governing the giving of menstrual pain leave to students and working women in the workplace.
The petition was denied for the stated reason that granting menstrual leave might deter companies from hiring women..
The petition also noted that Dr. Shashi Tharoor had introduced the Women's Sexual, Reporoductive, and Menstrual Rights Bill in 2018, which proposed that public entities should make free sanitary pads accessible to women on their property.
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