AGRA: The Agra district administration, along with a local NGO working for women’s welfare, has installed a sanitary napkin incinerator inside the premises of Agra district jail. According to jail superintendent Shashikant Mishra, this is the first time in India that such a facility has been installed in a jail. Women inmates, of whom there are 116 in the jail, find it difficult to dispose of used sanitary napkins inside the jail’s premises. Talking to TOI, Mishra said, “There is no proper mechanism for the disposal of used sanitary pads in the jail. Often, women inmates either throw them in the dustbin or in the toilet, which badly disturbs the hygiene of the place. We contacted an Agra-based NGO, Adarsh Nari Samaj Samiti, who had earlier shown interest in providing a remedy to the issue. They donated the incinerator to us. If this initiative succeeds, we will try to install it in the central jail and also promote the move, so that other jails follow our example.”
In January, the Agra district jail was lauded for installing a legal aid kiosk for undertrials, so that inmates could access the status of their cases online.
Courtesy – The Times Of India