According to Xinhua News Agency, the Indian government announced on the 21st that it will no lo
nger impose a 12% im
port tariff on Sanitary napkin
s. Some women's rights protection groups estimate that a
bout 80% of women in this South Asian country cannot use Sanitary
napkins. Tax exemptions will help more women survive special days and walk into schools and workplaces.
Can buy menstrual supplies to promote female education
India’s Acting Finance Minister Pyush Goyal attended the Goods and Services Tax Committee meeting in New Delhi on the 21st and announced the cancellation of import tariffs on sanitary napkins at the press conference after the meeting. Previously, according to the goods and services tax imposed by India in July 2017, the import tax rate for sanitary napkins was 12%.
Goyal said: "I am sure that all mothers and sisters will be very happy to hear that the sanitary napkin is now 100% tax-free."
Some women's rights protection groups in India estimate that about 80% of women in India cannot use sanitary napkins during menstruation. Due to the lack of hygiene products and the lack of toilets in schools, many girls are unable to attend school during menstruation, which has become one of the main factors for women to drop out of school.
In rural India, some women lack health knowledge because sanitary napkins are expensive and unaffordable and have to use old clothes or cloth strips to increase the risk of infection and disease.
According to the women's rights protection group, the Indian government's cancellation of import tariffs on sanitary napkins will help more women to afford menstrual hygiene products, which will remove a major obstacle for women to go to school and work.
400,000 people petition to call for tariff reduction
In order to reduce the tariff on sanitary napkins, the Indian people and a number of rights protection groups have run around and initiated petitions. They believe that sanitary napkins and condoms are also essential necessities, and tariffs should be zero. The government has set the import tax rate for sanitary napkins at 12%, which is equivalent to the classification of sanitary napkins into luxury goods.
Last year, Congressman Sushmita Yudoff launched a petition on the Internet, calling on the government to reduce the tariff on sanitary napkins and sign more than 400,000 signatures.
At the beginning of this year, Bollywood’s first film, “Pillowman”, which was based on the theme of menstrual hygiene, was launched. The film's leading actor, Akshey Kumar, joins a group that promotes menstrual hygiene and advocates more women to use sanitary napkins.
The founder of the group, Amar Tulsyan, said that the Indian government’s cancellation of the tariff on sanitary napkins was “a huge victory for everyone”. According to him, 82% of women in India are unable to use sanitary napkins, and tax exemption measures can be described as “significantly beneficial”.
Surbihi Singh, head of a foundation in India to raise awareness of women's menstrual hygiene, said: "This is a necessary and expected initiative to help women stay in school and work... This will help them grow, Show real potential."
[News extension] How much do you know about sanitary napkins?
Sanitary napkins can also be called sanitary napkins. It is an attractive material. It can help women absorb menstrual blood when they come to menstruation.
Sanitary napkins have a long history and the tools used in each country are different. In ancient China, women used a long white cloth towel; in Egypt, they used softened paper grass leaves; in Africa, they used feathers and cloth sheets; in the United States, they used soft cloth. Through the continuous advancement of the times, sanitary napkins have been continuously transformed, and nowadays, it is already a very convenient sanitary napkin.
Then, when using sanitary napkins, we must also pay attention to hygiene.
Because the skin is very fragile when the girl comes to menstruation, so it is very important to spend the menstrual period, we have to choose the sanitary napkin that suits you. During the period of girls, the body is also very weak, and many things to eat need to pay attention to, can not eat cold things, as well as fresh, pay attention to keep warm.
Well, we all know that some women feel very painful during the menstrual period. This is the so-called "dysmenorrhea". It will make you feel pain in the lower abdomen, the waist will be sour, and other uncomfortable. We can alleviate the pain, here are some tips:
1. Do a good job of keeping warm and avoid catching a cold.
2. Keep it clean and clean yourself.
3. To maintain a good mood and good spirits.
4. Do more massage on the stomach.
5. Drink more hot milk, you can drink a cup of honey every night.
6. You can do some slower exercises to loosen your muscles and relax your nerves.
7. If it is very serious, you need to go to the hospital for examination and treatment.
8. If it is very severe menstrual pain, even if it will faint, it is recommended to take some painkillers.
9. If necessary, take some vitamins.
Sanitary napkins are very important for women. So when India canceled the sanitary napkin tax, it proved that more women can afford sanitary napkins, which is a good thing for them.
Finally, I hope that every woman can take good care of herself, especially during the menstrual period. The cleaning work must be done well, love hygiene, rest more, and guarantee the quality of sleep. I hope everyone can be healthy and healthy every day. .
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