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Comment on the issue of mandatory menstrual leave also analyse the design of a new framework for the same in our country.

Topic : GS-1: Social empowerment

GS-2: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.

1. Comment on the issue of mandatory menstrual leave also, analyse the design of a new framework for the same in our country. (250 words)

Reference: Hindustan Times 

Why the question:

The article presents to us the idea of Mandatory menstrual leaves and associated pros and cons.

Key Demand of the question:

One has to elaborate in detail on the concept of Mandatory menstrual leaves and associated pros and cons and comment upon the new framework that should be designed for it.

Directive:

Comment– here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Starts by explaining what Menstrual leaves/period leaves are.

Body:

Start by briefing that the recent announcement of paid period leave for female employees by an Indian unicorn has once again thrust the issue of mandatory menstrual leave into the spotlight. Many activists feel that menstrual leave should be a paid leave granted by law, like maternity leave.

Explain nitty-gritties associated with it, present arguments both in favor and against the idea.

Highlight the importance of such an idea applied to Indian context.

Conclusion:

Conclude with its relevance to women empowerment in the country.