As Store Selling sanitary pads in Hyderabad College Closed, Student Starts Campaign

The university has nearly 2,000 girl college students, and both the officials and also the pupils' union did not know that the worries of 36.75% of college students.

A 24-year-old woman student of the University of Hyderabad recently began a signature effort to underline the difficulties caused by a shortage of sanitary pads on campus, and that has forced the authorities to act. They have comprised an empowered committee to procure sanitary napkin vending machines and incinerators from the girls' hostel.

It was two months ago that the University had cracked the whip on errant shopkeepers and eateries on campus, accused of selling expired goods.

Stores in North-South and complex complicated were raided, and contracts of stores found guilty of vandalism were closed and terminated. Shops still keep remaining shut as the procedure to announce tenders remains underway.

While some few were happy that the errant shopkeepers faced the anger of the administration for sale expired foods, others were frustrated that they may no longer purchase snacks or refreshments from the campus--virtually making it hard for students to reside on the 2,000-acre campus. But not everybody believed about that-- Where can women buy sanitary napkins? Will they have to walk to 3-4kms to buy them? Why shouldn't temporary arrangements be created?

Administration officials had been not able to understand that the closing of the stores had an unintended consequence which no had anticipated.

Sharing her situation, G Anju Rao, a first-year pupil from MA Sociology, also a NSUI member who initiated the effort, said that on July 26, when she wanted to buy sanitary napkins, she couldn't locate any store. "Because there were no shops available, I went into the University Health Centre for it--only to find out that the wellness centers likewise don't have them. I had been shocked to find out that the principal health centers do not have sanitary napkins."

"Luckily for me, I had a vehicle, and I can go out and purchase them. However, what about the other pupils, who don't have a vehicle", she fumed.

"If students walk 3-4kms to buy them. Girls constitute 36.75% of the overall pupils, and they have been excluded", she said.

Anju continued, "With the assistance of my pals, I did a signature campaign and got almost 340 signals.

While others were receptive about my fascination with sanitary napkin vending machines, even the VC outrightly said, "The University can not provide anything and everything. When you go to purchase chocolate and biscuit, then it's also wise to buy napkins, he stated, which I could not digest, Anju remembered.

He further continued that a main health center's function isn't to offer sanitary napkins. And, that never needed the gym provided them, that was problematic, Anju said.

Considers his opinions, the meeting was fruitful, since the University made temporary arrangements to buy sanitary napkins from stationery outlets, she said.

Reiterating the views of Anju, another pupil, Ravali Medari, doing final year Anthropology, stated that the students' union or even the government ought to have thought about it and created necessary arrangements. Within this entire episode, folks failed to think about sanitary napkins--which is important for women's wellbeing.

Oishani Mojumdar, a second-year communicating student, stated that the students' union failed to take this scenario into account. It is already two months since there are no snacks or sanitary napkins, available from the campus", she fumed.

She further said that the vending machines should not just be given in girls' hostel but other lesser reachable areas also.

"In Ladies hostel, it is possible to knock anyone's doorway and purchase them. Vending machines should be made available in open spaces such as shopping complicated and Gops (a meals place)".

She also rued that there's a general discomfort about talking menstruation and primary well-being of women.