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New Delhi [India], September 30 (ANI): Indian sanitary pad manufacturing company PAN Healthcare Pvt. Ltd. on Friday took suo moto cognizance of the incident in Patna where an IAS officer had publicly mocked a schoolgirl Riya Kumari if "she wanted condoms too" when she asked for affordable sanitary napkins at a workshop organized in Bihar and announced that it would provide a year-long supply of sanitary pads to Riya.

Chirag Pan, CEO of PAN Healthcare, said, "Menstrual hygiene has been considered a taboo subject discussed in hushed voices for generations. This must change. We need many more girls to come forward and boldly demand open discussions about period bleeding. We salute Riya's courage to speak up on this subject on a public platform with confidence. A year's supply of Everteen's neem and safflower sanitary pads is just a small token of our appreciation for her conviction to put an end to the bloody hypocrisy around menstruation that pervades society at large. We will also bear the cost of her education fees through her graduation."Our 2022 Everteen Menstrual Hygiene Survey showed that 23.5% of women still do not consult a doctor or even friends and family in case of irregular periods," said Hariom Tyagi, CEO of Wet and Dry Personal Care.

The incident took place in Patna on Thursday where an IAS officer Harjot Kaur Bhamra had publicly mocked a schoolgirl Riya, 20, who raised the issue of easy access to menstrual hygiene methods for poor girls and women living in slums and said if "she wanted condoms too" when she asked for affordable sanitary napkins at a workshop.

The National Commission for Women (NCW) took cognizance of the incident and sought an explanation.

"The reply must be communicated within seven days," said NCW after coming across various social media posts regarding the "embarrassing" incident.Condemning the incident, NCW said that such an "insensitive attitude" from a person in a responsible position is condemnable and "extremely shameful".As per an official statement by the Commission, its Chairperson Rekha Sharma has written to the IAS Harjot Kaur Bhamra, seeking a written explanation for her inappropriate and highly objectionable remarks.

However, the officer apologised for the incident. (ANI)

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