Now, CUSAT students union asks govt to implement menstrual leave for students of all institutions

By Amrutha AU

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Kochi: After winning the campaign for menstrual leave for students at Cochin University of Science and Technology, the students’ union is now seeking to convince the Kerala government to make a policy decision on the matter. It hopes the government can issue a blanket order applicable to all educational institutions in the state permitting menstrual leave for female students.


Union chairperson Namitha George told that the union led by Students Federation of India will submit a proposal to the state government regarding this.

“I have serious issues during my menstrual days. Many of my friends also have it. We all wish we could take a holiday on those days. The decision of CUSAT will help in moving a step forward to end the stigma towards menstruation,” Namitha said.

CUSAT has decided to relax the requirement of 75 per cent attendance to appear for semester examinations by two per cent for its female students. Though the university was asked to provide leave for female students each month, it said that would require a state government policy decision and the university could instead implement it immediately as an overall relaxation of attendance requirements.

Namitha said she had been receiving phone calls from student representatives of other state universities seeking a copy of the proposal they submitted to the university.

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