Girl stu­dents to get san­i­tary nap­kin vend­ing ma­chine at civic schools STU­DENTS CAN BUY SAN­I­TARY NAP­KINS BY PAY­ING RS2 FOR A NAP­KIN. THIS WILL PRO­MOTE HYGIENE AMONG THEM

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The anti- hu­man traf­fick­ing cell of Navi Mum­bai has res­cued a woman who was al­legedly raped and sold to a brothel in Grant Road for Rs40,000.

The woman’s two daugh­ters were also res­cued. One of her daugh­ters, a 9- year- old, was al­legedly sex­u­ally as­saulted by the prime ac­cused, who has been ar­rested along with an ac­com­plice.

The ac­cused Ha­roon Shaikh, 36, knew that the vic­tim’s fam­ily in As­sam was in poor fi­nan­cial con­di­tion. He lured the vic­tim to Kalam­boli, promis­ing her fam­ily that he would get her a good job in a bak­ery where the ac­cused worked. The woman brought her two daugh­ters, aged six and nine, along.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice com­mis­sioner Prab­hat Ran­jan, “The woman came to Khiduk­pada in Kalam­boli along with Shaikh on Jan­uary 27.”

On Fe­bru­ary 1, Shaikh threat­ened to kill the chil­dren and raped the woman, said Ran­jan.

He said, “The next day he told her that he was tak­ing her to a bak­ery but in­stead took her to a brothel in Grant Road and sold her for Rs40,000.” How­ever, a few days ago, the vic­tim man­aged to call her hus­band from a mo­bile phone from a bath­room.

Ran­jan said, “Our team first lo­cated Shaikh and kept a watch on his house. We ar­rested him along with an ac­com­plice Manju Mulla, 34, who had helped him sell the woman.”

Po­lice said the ac­cused had con­fessed to rap­ing the woman and sex­u­ally as­sault­ing her 9-year-old daugh­ter.

The po­lice is look­ing for yet an­other ac­com­plice.

Girl stu­dents in civic schools will now be pro­vided san­i­tary nap­kins by Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion ( NMMC).

In a pi­lot pro­ject, the NMMC has in­stalled san­i­tary nap­kin vend­ing ma­chine at a civic school Ra­jshri Chat­tra­p­ati Shahu Ma­haraj Vidyalay in Ambed­kar Na g ar, Ra­bale. Stu­dents can buy san­i­tary nap­kins for a nom­i­nal charge of Rs2 for a nap­kin.

The ini­tia­tive is part of a se­ries of pro­grammes planned by the NMMC for the ben­e­fit of women.

The ini­tia­tive was launched by mayor Sud­hakar Son­awane on Tues­day.

“This is to en­sure that girl stu­dents do not face awk­ward sit­u­a­tions and also to pro­mote hygiene among them. Such a fa­cil­ity will also re­duce ab­sen­teeism among girls be­cause of the is­sue,” said Son­awane.

“The ma­chine’s ca­pac­ity is 40 nap­kins and each will be given to the stu­dents at a nom­i­nal rate of Rs2,” said the mayor.

Ac­cord­ing t o Son­awane, based on the use and need of the ma­chine in the pi­lot pro­ject, the pro­gramme will be im­ple­mented in other civic schools (Clock­wise from left) Devo­tees par­tic­i­pate in the An­nual Rathut­sav, a char­iot fes­ti­val, of the Shanesh­war Tem­ple in Nerul on Tues­day. A priest car­ries the idol of lord Shani be­fore plac­ing it in the char­iot. Clowns and band mem­bers en­gage with the au­di­ence. Artistes per­form Yak­sha­gana, a tra­di­tional dance form. as well.

“We want to en­sure that stu­dents from eco­nom­i­cally weaker sec­tions get the best of fa­cil­i­ties,” said Son­awane.

A guid­ance sem­i­nar on a ‘ Safe and happy pe­riod’ was con­ducted on the oc­ca­sion by Sarika Gupta, a vol­un­teer from the non- gov­ern­men­tal or­gani- sa­tion Agis.

Gupta spoke t o stu­dents of Classes 8 and 9 about the pre­cau­tions they need to take dur­ing their pe­ri­ods. She also talked about the myths and su­per­sti­tions as­so­ci­ated with men­stru­a­tion. I n an open fo­rum, Gupta an­swered var­i­ous ques­tions raised by stu­dents.

PHO­TOS: BACHCHAN KU­MAR

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