Shailendra Tripathi told the media, ‘I have seen my mother suffering from this pain as a child. Once during a train journey, a female passenger was very uncomfortable due to menstrual pain. She was upset but could not say anything. I gave her a painkiller. Later I read up on the subject and realized that menstrual pain is comparable to a heart attack. After that I filed a Public Interest Litigation on this issue,” said Tripathi.
The petitioner cites a study by the University College of London. It is said that women experience a lot of pain during menstruation. The study also stated that the pain condition is similar to a heart attack in a man. This affects the efficiency of working women. The petitioner has also stated that many companies provide paid period leave. It states that female students and working women should be given leave during menstruation.
In 2018, Shashi Tharoor introduced the Women’s Sexual Reproduction and Menstrual Rights Bill. In this, it was said that public authorities should provide free sanitary pads etc. to women. The petitioner said at this time that there is no law for leave during the period.