#GoodNews: Surat’s ‘Pad Couple’ Give 5,000 Free Pads Every Month
A couple from Surat, Gujarat, is fast gaining popularity as the ‘pad couple’, following the release of Akshay Kumar-starrer Padman, based on the real-life story of Arunachalam Muruganantham.
The ‘pad couple’ have been distributing about 5,000 sanitary napkins every month over the last five years to women and girls who cannot afford them. The couple has been donating pads every month without any publicity and help.
The couple drew attention as the ‘Pad couple of Surat’ after the release of Padman — a film addressing menstrual hygiene.
The movie is a must-watch for women who do not know about the importance of pads, said Meena Mehta to ANI. They have been trying to spread awareness on menstrual hygiene for the last couple of years and are happy that a film has finally been released to bring the issue to light. They expect the movie to have a favourable impact on women across the country.
The couple was inspired by the Chairman of Infosys Foundation, Sudha Murthy distributing sanitary napkins to Tsunami survivors. They also explained where the idea of distributing pads came from:
Many women who the Mehtas distributed the pads to were not aware of the concept of sanitary napkins.
(With inputs from ANI)
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