New Delhi: A staggering 88% of girls and women in India don’t have access to sanitary napkins, lack of affordability is one of the major reasons that women in India do not use sanitary products. But instead of making sanitary wear affordable for the masses the new Goods and Services Tax (GST) has levied a whopping 12% tax on sanitary products, earlier they were taxed up to 14.5% depending on states. Meanwhile, sindoor, bangles, and bindis are tax exempted. Is it a fair deal? Ask people on Twitter.
Sanitary Napkins Is Not A Luxury, It Is A Necessity
1. Essential vs luxury debate rages on
— Nishchay Luthra (@praptibhatia) June 28, 2017
2. Some got dramatic but a necessity is a necessity
Her struggle is real…
Choosing between an Extra half kg of rice or a packet of sanitary pads.
Will hunger win or hygiene?#LahukaLagaan
— TheCommoner'sPlot (@CommonersPlot) June 12, 2017
3. Why are bindis and banfles exempt but not sanitary napkins?
Women use sanitary napkins, but a committee of men levies a 12 % GST on it, bangles and bindis are tax free , can you make sense of this?
— Dr Duru Shah (@shah_duru) May 27, 2017
4. As sarcastic as it gets – iA woman can live without bangles, sindoor and bindi – but, not without a sanitary napkin
GST is not going to help me this time too. Sanitary napkins are not exempted. Might be I should start using Sindoor, bangles and bindis.
— mamatha jahnavi k (@mamathajk) May 25, 2017
5. A woman’s menstrual cycle is not a choice
— Sanitary Panels (@sanitarypanels) May 23, 2017
6. ‘#LahuKaLagaan’ squad: Lahu ka lagaan is a campaign started by SheSays, a not-for-profit organisation to urge the Finance Minister to exempt the tax on sanitary napkins completely
— Kanan Gill (@KananGill) April 18, 2017
7. Spot on! Hygiene first
12% GST on Sanitary Napkins screams-
Ladki hygiene ka kya karegi? Sindoor laga ke, chudiyaan pehen ke ghar pe hi baithna hai! #LahukaLagaan
— Ankita (@ankitajain0911) June 29, 2017
GST is being touted as the biggest tax reform since Independence in 1947 which aims to create a common market, preventing ‘tax-on-tax’ and making goods and services cheaper. The GST Council is chaired by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and comprising state counterparts, has placed a multitude of goods and services under five categories of tax under GST – zero per cent, 5 per cent, 12 per cent, 18 per cent and 28 per cent. But should sanitary pads be taxed?
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