In Maharashtra, Women Go On Hunger Strike To Demand Tax Exemption On Sanitary Napkins

We will not withdraw the stir till the sanitary pads are excluded from the purview of GST, said a hunger striker.

Mumbai: Women members of the Vichardhara Grami Vikas Sanstha from Latur district on Wednesday launched a hunger strike at the Azad Maidan here, demanding that sanitary napkins be made tax-free.

“We will not withdraw the stir till the sanitary pads are excluded from the purview of GST,” Chhaya Kakde of the NGO told reporters.

“We have also written to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis with our demand,” she said.

The women’s wing of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) recently launched a signature campaign to press for its demand of making sanitary pads tax-free.

“Sanitary pads should be completely exempted from taxes because from a woman’s point of view, they are very important for their health,” NCP women’s wing president Chitra Wagh had told reporters.

She had also complained about the government making other things tax-free while neglecting the health of women which is a very serious issue.

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