The Karnataka High Court has installed a vending machine for hygiene products for women at ladies restroom in the High Court Building. The machine is open for use by lady staff of High Court, lady advocates and lady litigants in general for a minimal cost of Rupees five. This step was taken on the recommendation of the Justice B.V. Nagarathna, Chairperson of the High Court’s Building Committee. The Committee will consider the request for the installation of such vending machines in every ladies restroom of the High Court.
The Supreme Court had earlier in the year 2017 through an order directed installation of sanitary pad vending machine out of the 1.4 crore fine received from two doctors in a contempt case, who were found guilty of harbouring an ex-MLA accused of murder. the Court had ordered that out of the above amount, Rs. 5 lakh be utilized for the purchase of three sanitary pad vending machines for dispensing sanitary napkins, and three incinerators for disposal of the used sanitary napkins. Pursuant to the order machines were installed in January 2018 in the Supreme Court Building. The Delhi High Court had also installed such machine acting on a letter written by the lady advocate to the then Acting Chief Justice, Gita Mittal, who took the initiative.
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