Syed Sehrish- Changing the Way Girls Look at Menstruation

July 02

Raahie Ali

Syed Sehrish Asghar, a 2013 Batch KAS officer, who is currently posted as the Deputy commissioner of Budgam District is changing the way young girls looked at Menstruation.

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In nearly 1200 schools of Central Kashmir’s Budgam district till last year, the period of menstruation for girls meant vacation from schools for five to six days, but Sehrish Asghar is changing this.

Budgam Deputy commissioner Syed Sehri Asghar is creating awareness among young girls who have started thronging schools even during the menstrual.

Girls as young as 15 years in Budgam schools are seeing a renewed hope in Sehrish Asghar and have thanked her saying that menstruation earlier meant one week’s leave from education and leave.

Though the Government has does not allocate a separate fund to get the issue addressed, the 33-year-old Asgar is arranging napkins in schools and colleges with corporate social responsibility (CSR) contribution from the Rural Development Department and Airport Authority of India.

These machines have been installed in 106 schools and five-degree colleges and one ITI in the district.

Asghar took the issue seriously and in order to change the situation, sanitary napkin dispensers and incinerator machines were installed in schools and colleges.

She herself goes to the schools and colleges, making girls aware and its yielding good results as of now.

The rate of non-attendance during the menstrual cycle has now dropped to 20 percent, according to reports.