Malayalam media house, Mathrubhumi will now be giving leave to its women employees on the first day of their period. The decision was taken by the organisation on Wednesday and will be implemented with immediate effect. A few days back, a Mumbai based start up ‘Culture Machine’ has also announced that the women employees will be given off on the first day of their period.
The decision taken by the company was confirmed by the Mathrubhumi’s Joint Managing Director MV Shreyams Kumar. According to him, the announcement made by the Mumbai-start up prompted them to come up with such a policy in their office too.
As per a report in The News Minute, the MD said, “When this other firm came forward with the idea, we felt that it was a very good and practical practice to adopt. And so the decision was taken. The first day of period leave will be an additional leave for the women employees and will not be considered as casual leave or sick leave. We took the decision not because any employee asked for it, but felt that it should be granted”.
The policy is being adopted by the Mathrubhumi News right now. However, the provision will soon be followed by Mathrubhumi News Online and newspaper. As stated by the MD, the company has 75 women out of total 320 employees.
Period leave concept is prevalent in many countries such a Indonesia, South Korea and Japan. As soon as the media house announced its decision, many women working with the media house took to Twitter thanking the organisation for taking the step. One of the woman wrote that she is glad to be part of such an organistaion.