Arunachalam Muruganantham: Women in villages are finding it difficult to use sanitary pads
India has been in lockdown for a little over a month to fight the Coronavirus global pandemic. Staying indoors and maintaining social distancing was important for safety and health. However, according to social entrepreneur Arunachalam Muruganantham, who invented the low-cost pad-making machines, there is a scarcity for sanitary pads in the rural areas and women there could soon be forced to switch back to the use of rag-cloth which can harm their menstrual health.
He told Bombay Times, “Unlike urban areas, where you can source sanitary pads by going from one medical store to another, women in villages are finding it difficult to continue using sanitary pads because they’re not easily available.
He added, “We have been receiving phone calls about the disruption in the supply of pads which we think needs to be taken seriously.
While there is talk of the lockdown getting extended in different parts of the country,