Include Sanitary Napkins in GST Exemption List
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Menstruation. Periods. Menses. All these tabooed words lead to one thing - procreation. For an average of about 39 years, almost every single woman in the world has to bleed for around 5 days a month. While it may sound disgusting, this is what allows women to have healthy and functioning reproductory organs. While procreation is celebrated in India, its' hygiene is not.
Menstruation is unavoidable. BUT menstruation prices are being avoided by the Indian Government. There is a need to protect girls and women from severe UTIs.
Is it completely alright for 88 percent of girls in India to re-use unsanitary cloth, dry leaves, newspapers, husk sand, straw and plastic during menstruation?
Only 12% of India's 355 million menstruating women use sanitary napkins and this is only because they can afford to. Incidents of Reproductive Tract Infection is 70% more common among those women who don't use sanitary napkins. "Sanitary Protection: Every Woman's Health Right" a study by AC Nielsen also states that about 70% of women in India cannot afford Sanitary Napkins.
So many girls cannot afford this basic humane, hygienic right because of high taxes on something as basic as a sanitary napkin. Isn't the health of all daughters, mothers, sisters important, or only the health of 12% of women who can afford it?
In the present GST, "Sanitary towels, tampons, sanitary napkins" have been placed in the second slab. The tax levied on sanitary napkins can vary from 12 to 14.5 percent, it can also vary from state to state.
It is our humble request to include Sanitary Napkins in the exempted list of GST as it is not a luxury but a necessity.
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