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A public apology was later made by Bhamra, where she expressed regret for hurting the student’s sentiments (Representative image)

A public apology was later made by Bhamra, where she expressed regret for hurting the student’s sentiments (Representative image)

Indian sanitary pad manufacturer PAN Healthcare announced that the company has decided to give 19-year-old Riya Kumari a year’s supply of their ‘Everteen’ sanitary napkins

Following the disparaging remarks given by an IAS officer just for asking for cheaper sanitary pads, the student who had posed the question will now receive a year’s worth of free sanitary pad supply. Indian sanitary pad manufacturer PAN Healthcare announced that the company has decided to give 19-year-old Riya Kumari a year’s supply of their ‘Everteen’ sanitary napkins.

In addition to giving Riya a year’s supply of their ‘Everteen’ sanitary pads, the Delhi-based company also stated that it will pay for her graduation. Kumari is studying for a BA programme at Vaishali’s Ram Vilas Rai College, Hajipur.

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“We salute Riya’s courage to speak up on this subject on a public platform with confidence. A year’s supply of Everteen’s neem and safflower sanitary pads is just a small token of our appreciation for her conviction to put an end to the bloody hypocrisy around menstruation that pervades society at large,” said Chirag Pan, CEO of PAN Healthcare Pvt Ltd to news agency ANI.

Kumari had found herself being berated by IAS officer Harjot Kaur Bhamra, Women and Children Development Corporation MD, after she had asked Bhamra if the government could provide cheaper sanitary pads. Bhamra in response accused the Kumari of wanting free condoms in the future and asking the government for free handouts. Bhamra even said that Kumari should head to Pakistan.

Immediately after, the National Commission for Women (NCW) sought a formal explanation from Bhamra. A public apology was then made by Bhamra two days later, where she expressed regret for hurting Kumari’s sentiments.

Lack of sanitary products and information about menstruation leads to nearly 23 million girls dropping out of the education system in India each year. Lack of access to sanitary products also results in just 36 percent of women using a sanitary napkin during their periods.

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