Zomato said it would allow female employees take ten days of leave in a year on account of menstrual cycle, starting August 8.
The number ten was arrived at after taking into account that the average woman's menstrual cycle lasts 14 days, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Zomato, Deepinder Goyal said in a blog post.
"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," Goyal said.
"Zomato understands that men and women are born with different biological realities. It is our job to make sure that we make room for our biological needs," he said, adding that there should be no shame or stigma attached to applying for period leave. Employees should feel free to tell people on internal groups, or emails that you are on your period leave for the day.
Addressing men, the company said that they should not be ashamed if a female colleague says they are on period leave. "This is a part of life, and while we don’t fully understand what women go through, we need to trust them when they say they need to rest this out," said Goyal, adding that "I know that menstrual cramps are very painful for a lot of women – and we have to support them through it if we want to build a truly collaborative culture at Zomato,"In March, Congress Member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor put out a tweet which called for menstrual leave for women, which divided the microblogging site.