"Menstrual patterns differ, so it should be left to the employee," she said. "The employer should be legally bound to give menstrual leave over and above the leave rights of all employees," Ms Karat said.
The Kerala government last week said it would take a decision on granting menstrual leave to its employees after considering various aspects of the issue. "Women are suffering from various physical difficulties during the time of menstruation. Now, debates on period leave are coming up. Serious debates should happen on the matter considering menstruation as a biological process," Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said in the state assembly.