“Women are being taxed 12 months a year, for about 39 years on a process they have no control over. How is that fair?” Congress MP Sushmita Dev raised her voice against this issue by initiating a petition to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, pushing him to remove the tax on Sanitary Napkins. Leading comedians and affluent Twitterati kickstarted #LahuKaLagaan initiative to strengthen the resolve against sanitary napkins tax.
The petition seeking exemption on sanitary napkins tax initiated on International Women’s Day, is already raging on social media and recently celebrities have joined in the conversation by tweeting about it. Dev, from Silchar constituency in Assam, surfaced the austere statistics of how out of India’s 355 million women only 12% use sanitary napkins.
Currently, sanitary pads are taxed from 12% to 14%, varying from different States, which is apparently expected to persist even under the GST. And as per the #LahuKaLagaan 88% of Indian women still use fabric, plastic or dry leaves and sand during their periods.
Steaming a progressive proposal via social media, celebrities are requesting the Finance Minister of making sanitary napkins tax free under GST bill. Comedians from Kenny Sebastian, Mallika Dua, Kanan Gill, Rohan Joshi, Sorabh Pant and more are encouraging their followers to tweet, post and share about as much as possible this, hoping to shed light on this issue which is a basic hygienic need of a woman at best.
— Rohan (@mojorojo) April 18, 2017
— Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) April 18, 2017
— Kanan Gill (@KananGill) April 18, 2017
27% of the WORLDS cervical cancer deaths occur in India.
— Kenny Sebastian (@knowkenny) April 18, 2017
— Karan Talwar (@BollywoodGandu) April 18, 2017
— Atul Khatri (@one_by_two) April 18, 2017
Celebrities, politicians and public personalities from varied background came ahead in support.
— Priya Sometimes (@PriyaSometimes) April 18, 2017
— Trisha Shetty (@TrishaBShetty) April 18, 2017
— Meghna Pant (@MeghnaPant) April 18, 2017
It is great to see the stand-up comedians of this country raising their thoughts around grave social stigmas and working towards bringing about a change in policy. The fight is to stop labeling the product from luxury to a hygiene necessity, by offering 100% tax exclusion for the production and distribution of environment and health-friendly pads. The petition also demands negligible taxation on disposable sanitary napkins to deter its usage on a wide scale with the motive to preserve the environment.