'Born to break taboos': Twitter hails PM Modi for speaking about sanitary napkins during I-Day speech from Red Fort
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PM Narendra Modi is being hailed by Twitterati for breaking the taboos on menstruation, as he spoke about governments efforts about making sanitary napkins easily available for women in India.

PM Modi in his speech on the occasion of India's 74th Independence Day, said that the government has started giving away sanitary napkins at Rs. 1 to empower women and also to keep their health in check.

"In 6,000 Jan Aushadi Kendras, more than five crore sanitary napkins have been provided to women in a short period of time," he said.

PM Modi's comment on mensuration which is considered to be a taboo in Indian society, is getting a lot of appreciation on Twitter.

One user commented, "a taboo broken today straight from the ramparts of Red fort when PM Sh. Narendra Modi talked about accessibility to sanitary napkins. Hugely appreciable! This is New India! Happy Independence day BharatVasiyon (sic)."

"There was a time Sanitary Napkins were not spoken about even within four walls of homes in India & today Prime Minister Modi spoke about it from Red Fort on Independence Day. That is true Independence of breaking old shackles," commented another.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the government is deliberating on what should be the minimum age of marriage for women and has set up a committee to look into the matter.

Addressing the nation on India's 74th Independence Day from the ramparts of the Red Fort, Modi covered a range of issues related to women, including their role in the armed forces, economic empowerment, the effort to recruit them in the NCC and the government's scheme to provide sanitary napkins at Re 1.

"We have set up a committee to deliberate on the minimum age for marriage of our daughters. We will take appropriate decisions after the committee submits its report," he said.

The minimum age of marriage for women is 18 years and 21 for men.

Discussing the role of women in the forces, the prime minister said India is among the countries of the world where women are involved in combat roles in the Navy and the Air Force.

He added that women could comprise one-third of the one lakh new NCC cadets who will be given special training.

"We are expanding NCC in border areas; special training will be provided to about one lakh new NCC cadets, out of which we will try that one-third of them are our daughters," he said.

On the economic empowerment of women, Prime Minister Modi said 22 crore of the 40 crore jan dhan accounts are of women and about Rs 30,000 crore have been deposited in their accounts during the pandemic.

"Out of Mudra loans worth Rs 25 crore, 70 per cent of them have been taken by our mothers and sisters. Under the Pradhan Matri Awaas Yojna, most registrations are under the name of women," he added.

Modi also said his government is determined to provide equal employment opportunities to women.

"Whenever women have been given an opportunity, they have made India proud and strengthened the country. Today, the nation is determined to provide equal opportunities for self-employment and employment to them," Modi said.

"Today, women are working in underground coal mines as well as touching the sky while flying fighter planes," he noted.

(With inputs from PTI)

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