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Netizen sheds light to period poverty as she buys sanitary products for 12-year-old girl

The painful reality of period poverty in Malaysia

PETALING JAYA – Did you know, menstruation products such as pads and tampons are often not regarded as a basic necessity? This has caused period poverty as lower-income families struggle to obtain period products since the pandemic.

The inaccessibility of menstruation products unveiled by Twitter user @thaarshny. On Sunday (22 Aug), she tweeted her encounter with a 12-year-old girl.

While at 99 Speedmart to collect her items, @thaarshny noticed a young girl hanging around the place.

She looked completely lost. On my way back to my car, I saw her again.”

Concerned, @thaarshny approached the little girl and asked her if she was okay. The young girl explained to her that she lacked the money to buy a sanitary pad.

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Without hesitation, @thaarshny went back to the store to get her some.

It broke my heart when I saw the girl cry after I bought the sanitary pad. She claimed she was in terrible pain and couldn’t afford to buy it. It’s completely heart-breaking. She is just 12.”

According to the girl, her mother was admitted to a quarantine centre. Meanwhile, her grandmother is taking care of her and her siblings.

This story has led many netizens to worry over the girl’s financial constraints. @thaarshny assured them that the family is receiving help from others too.

Netizens were moved by @thaarshny’s act of kindness. They praised her for helping the young girl.

Netizen sheds light to period poverty as she buys sanitary products for 12-year-old girl | weirdkaya
Netizen sheds light to period poverty as she buys sanitary products for 12-year-old girl | weirdkaya
Netizen sheds light to period poverty as she buys sanitary products for 12-year-old girl | weirdkaya
Netizen sheds light to period poverty as she buys sanitary products for 12-year-old girl | weirdkaya
Netizen sheds light to period poverty as she buys sanitary products for 12-year-old girl | weirdkaya
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