Twinkle Khanna on period leave for women: ‘We are equal, not identical’

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Entertainment Desk
Aug 14, 2020 05:21 PM IST

Twinkle Khanna recently tweeted about A food aggregator’s decision to give 10 days period leave to its female and transgender employees.

Actor Akshay Kumar is away with family in Scotland for the shoot of his upcoming film, Bell Bottom. His wife and author Twinkle Khanna, however, is quite clued in to happenings back home. Recently, she took to Twitter to express her view after online restaurant guide and food ordering platform Zomato decided to give 10 days as period leave to women.

Twinkle Khanna is currently in Scotland with her family as husband Akshay Kumar shoots for Bell Bottom.
Twinkle Khanna is currently in Scotland with her family as husband Akshay Kumar shoots for Bell Bottom.

She wrote: “Are we really saying we can’t give women leave or the prospect of working from home for that one day? My opinion of gritting our teeth and bearing it, fighting our biology so we can say we are as good as men has changed over time. We are equal, not identical #EqualNotIdentical.”


The topic has people divided right in the middle with many arguing in favour of it, insisting the productivity is what should matter, not uniformity while others argued that maternity leaves have already made hiring difficult for women and this would be an added burden.

A user said: “Period experience is not equal for every woman. Some bear pain and for some it’s like just another day. We can be compassionate towards those who suffer. Also who do not suffer, please don’t take advantage of this normal biological process, so that women do not lose credibility.” To which, another said: “Why can’t women just use their sick leave or pl for this? Already hiring women is hard enough since they increased maternity leave. At least that is planned ahead of time. This is adhoc leave n should come out the the SL/PL bucket.”

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Zomato on August 8 said it is introducing up to 10 days of ‘period leaves’ for all women employees to build a more inclusive work culture in the organisation. “At Zomato, we want to foster a culture of trust, truth and acceptance. Starting today, all women (including transgender people) at Zomato can avail up to 10 days of period leaves in a year,” Zomato founder and CEO Deepinder Goyal had said in a blog post.

“There shouldn’t be any shame or stigma attached to applying for a period leave. You should feel free to tell people on internal groups, or emails that you are on your period leave for the day,” he added.

(With PTI inputs)

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