Over 100 sanitary pad vending machines to be installed in Mumbai for women police officers
Mumbai Police, along with an NGO, are set to install over 100 sanitary pad vending machines and incinerators for women police officers across the city.
The NGO, Action Committee Against Unfair Medical Practices, has partnered with the Brihan Mumbai police to launch the welfare scheme – “Smart Maitrin” project.
Under this project, as many as 140 sanitary pad machines will be installed at 93 police stations across the city.
“Women constitute nearly 20 percent of the total police force in Mumbai. This should be the basic facility at the workplace, as periods are natural and unpredictable,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Niyati Thakkar told ANI.
Last week, one such vending machine was installed in the police headquarters. The machine was unveiled by Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjay Barve and his wife.
“I hope other public and private organisations also come up with this facility for women at their workplace,” Thakkar added.
The maintenance and refilling of sanitary napkins in the vending machine has reportedly been automated to avoid shortages.