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A san­i­tary nap­kin vend­ing ma­chine was in­au­gu­rated on Wed­nes­day at the traf­fic po­lice head­quar­ters in the city, claimed to be the first such ini­tia­tive in Thane.

Deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (traf­fic), Thane, Rashmi Karandikar, who took the ini­tia­tive to in­stall the ma­chine man­u­fac­tured by a govern­ment agency, said there are more than 1,300 women po­lice con­sta­bles in the traf­fic depart­ment of the city com­mis­sion­er­ate.

The de­ci­sion to in­stall the ma­chine was taken as a need was felt for it, she said. Grad­u­ally ma­chines would be in­stalled at other lo­ca­tions as well, she added.

Thane’s joint com­mis­sioner of po­lice Asu­tosh Dum­bre and ac­tor Son­ali Kulka­rni were present at the in­au­gu­ra­tion.

Kulka­rni said such ma­chines should also be in­stalled at rail­way sta­tions, col­leges, schools, and other pub­lic places. She also called upon peo­ple to change their at­ti­tude to­wards the is­sue.

Dhumre said a per­son was beaten up in 1960 for pro­mot­ing the us­age of san­i­tary nap­kins, hich have now be­come a ne­ces­sity. Peo­ple still shy away from dis­cussing is­sues around sex education and pe­ri­ods, he said, adding the thought process needs to be changed along with the chang­ing life­style.

He ap­pre­ci­ated the ef­forts of the Thane po­lice’s traf­fic con­trol room in this re­gard.

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