Sanitary pads at Re 1: PM’s remark draws praise

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who delivered his seventh consecutive Independence Day speech from the iconic Red Fort in Delhi this morning, spoke about his government’s efforts for women empowerment. As he made a mention of sanitary pads, many on social media praised him for a step forward in breaking taboos against menstruation.

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“This government has been always concerned about the health of our daughters and sisters. Through 6,000 Janaushadhi centres, about 5 crore women have got sanitary pads at Re 1. Also, for their weddings, we have made committees so that the money can be used at the right time,” PM Modi said this morning.

“We have worked for women empowerment. Navy and Air Force are taking women in combat roles. Women are now leaders… we’ve abolished Triple Talaq,” he added.

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Social media was flooded with responses on the remark as many pointed out that it is rare for a prime minister to talk about menstruation during a national address.

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“If I’ve to ask any man from my family to buy me a pack of “sanitary pads”(most likely) they won’t do that.. reasons best known to them. But “My PM” went a notch higher.. For him to talk about providing same thing on a cheaper level for better sanitation needs… guts! THIS IS THE MAN WE NEED (sic),” wrote a user.

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