Gwalior (M.P.): Showing disapproval over the placing of sanitary napkins under the 12% slab of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), students of Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh will be sending Prime Minister Narendra Modi sanitary napkins with messages on menstrual sanitation written on them.
Students made a decision to raise their voice on the issue to create awareness about the harassment faced by the women and to encourage women empowerment. Activist, Preeti Joshi said that because of no napkins, the women end up falling prey to diseases. Women use things during their menstrual days, which is fatal to them.
In rural areas, some women use leaves, sawdust or even ashes, which carry a serious risk of infection.
In July past year, students from Left-backed Students' Federation of India (SFI) and the All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) on Tuesday sent sanitary napkins to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, to demand an immediate withdrawal of Goods and Services Tax (GST) on them. Instead of giving subsidy, it has been placed under the luxury item category. "Therefore, we have started this campaign aiming to send 1000 pads to the government by March 3", Hari Mohan, a student, told ANI.
Indian students hold posters and sanitary napkins during a protest over a 12% tax on sanitary pads as part of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in Kolkata on 16 June 2017. But you tax sanitary napkins.
The campaign was followed by a video on the issue, which went viral on social media on Monday, wherein a Delhi University student urged women across the country to join the fight against "unjust " taxation on sanitary pads."If condoms and contraceptives are tax-free, why not sanitary pads?"she had asked".