In the last few years, we have seen films with social commentary make an impact on the society around us. Akshay Kumar did his bit by making films like Toilet-Ek Prem Katha and Padman. Both the films grabbed a lot of eyeballs and even inspired people to work towards the issues of women’s sanitation and menstruation.
It the film Padman that inspired a 13-year-old Dubai-based girl to do take up a herculean task of adopting tribal girls and providing sanitary napkins to them. According to agency reports, the Dubai teen has adopted 250 girls from rural Maharashtra and donated sanitary napkins to them.
Riva Tulpule is based in Dubai, but her family is originally from Maharashtra. She managed to collect funds for the cause in Dubai in the last couple of months. Reports further claim that she flew down to India last week and distributed about one-year stock of sanitary pads to girls from schools in Sahapur taluka on Saturday.
She was quoted in a PTI report as saying,
“I saw ‘Padman’ some months back and came to know about problems faced by girls during the days of their periods. I immediately decided to do something for girls living in villages in India, especially Maharashtra.”
The Class 8 student said she also discussed her idea with Konkan Graduate’s constituency MLC Niranjan Davkhare during his visit to Dubai, and he encouraged her to take it forward.
Talking about the same, Riva added how around Diwali time, she appealed to people in Dubai to donate money for the cause and within a short span. She managed enough sum to buy sanitary pads for 250 girls, she said. The napkins were distributed by the teenager at a function organised by Davkhare’s NGO ‘Samanvay Pratishthan’, which works for social causes.
Davkhare appreciated the girl’s efforts to raise awareness about menstrual hygiene. The report was confirmed after a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator said in a tweet,
“Riva Tulpule a 8th Standard student from Dubai, this Diwali decided to do something special & took up an initiative to adopt 250 girls from rural Maharashtra and support them with a full year of Sanitary Pads…”