Following the film "Hotroom Heroes", Indian Bollywood movie star Akshay Kumar starred in the movie "The Padded Man" this year, and paid attention to the entrepreneurial story of the inventor of the low-cost Sanitary napkin
production machine. Women’s health issues, often seen as intimate, are being discussed more in Indian society.
According to Agence France-Presse, under the call of social activists and Bollywood movie stars such as Kumar, the Indian government announced on July 21 that it would lift the co
ntroversial commodity tax on Sanitary
Movie "Pillowman" stills
On July 21, the Indian government announced a reform of the national goods and services tax, which will reduce the price of about 90 key consumer goods, most of which are daily consumer goods of the urban middle class. This decision may be for the next year's Indian election.
Indian Deputy Finance Minister Piyush Goyal said on the 21st that Indian sanitary napkins are now 100% tax-free, and the Indian government will not impose a national goods and services tax on them. I believe women will be very happy to hear about this news.
Earlier, India imposed a 12% merchandise tax on sanitary napkins, which caused opposition from social activists, Bollywood actors and some politicians. They believe that it is difficult for women to buy key sanitary products at reasonable prices, which will pose important obstacles to women's rights.
Earlier this year, a national survey reported that about 60% of Indian women aged 16-24 were unable to use sanitary napkins. In the poorer central and eastern states, this proportion is as high as 80%.
In the past few years, a number of reports said that Indian girls’ out-of-school rates are higher than boys’, and are related to the lack of toilets and the difficulty of obtaining sanitary napkins in schools outside the big cities.
After learning about the decision to exempt the sanitary napkin, Kumar himself wrote on social media Twitter that on this day, the news made him happy and tearful. He thanked people for understanding the needs of women's menstrual hygiene. Millions of Indian women are also silently expressing their gratitude.
Earlier, Indian Prime Minister Modi introduced a new national goods and services tax in July last year, which is India's largest tax reform over the years. Its purpose is to unify this economy of more than $2 trillion into a single market, with a four-rate rate of 5%, 12%, 18% and 28%.