Cut down taxes on women' sanitary products & make them free at ration shops
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The GST council declared on May 18 that bindis, sindoor and bangles will not be taxed; however, women's sanitary napkins are taxed at 12% (a decrease from the previous 14.2%). This needs to change. Why? Here are some statistics-
88% of women do not have access to sanitary pads in India.
More than 20% of girls drop out of school when they begin menstruation.
66% of girls in India do not know what menstruation is till they start it.
These two- digit numbers in actuality translate to millions. Millions of young girls who will miss out on life opportunities simply because they can not afford something as basic as sanitary pads or because they do not have access to safe water.
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