The Karnataka High court recently stated that ensuring separate toilets for adolescent girls in schools and providing sanitary napkins to them on a regular basis are not only instances of girl empowerment but also a step towards implementing right to education under Article 21A.
It was also mentioned by the court that right to free and compulsory education for children between age of 6 and 14 years is a fundamental right which naturally includes girls of that age as well.
The Court reached to this order while hearing a plea moved by the Anti-corruption Council of India in 2018 which sought strict implementation of the Shuchi Scheme. The Shuchi scheme was started for the distribution of sanitary napkins to adolescent girls between the age group of 10 to 19 years.
However, it was observed that in last two years the procurement of sanitary napkins which were to be distributed was not made due to financial constraints and ongoing pandemic.
The Court gave an order to State Government to file a status report with respect to the implementation of the scheme and also to inform when the administrative approvals for procurement of sanitary
napkins would be secured.
The matter is scheduled to be heard on April 16.