Give safty napkins FREE! – Make India’s women folk to stay clean, then go to ‘Swatch Bharat’.
dr. james kottoor
He had only just landed amidst cow protection mobocracy in India after a dash to capitals of four countries in Europe, and he is off again to few other capitals starting with Israel before or instead of, dousing the wild fire burning India to ashes. What is important: douse the fire consuming own house to ashes or hugging global leaders? Save own house or come first in the obstacle race? Both! But the ancient wisdom saying: “Bene currit, sed extra viam!” (Runs (Modi) well and fastest, but outside the track!” seems to apply best to our much admired and beloved Modiji, our PM and undoubtedly a Man of action!
Similarly GST is perhaps the best of reforms Modi has introduced. But the vast majority of our sisters in India do not buy ‘sanitory napkins’ simply because they, 80% of women, cannot just afford to buy them, nay they cannot even find enough clean cloth for such use. Then what to think of a government raising their tax to 12%? Is it only because GST council has only men who don’t bleed and no women as members? These napkins should be given free to the poor if Modiji believes really in ‘Swatch Bharat’, and serving the poor first. What is most important is to help our women folk to be and stay clean first bodily: “Cleanliness is next to Godliness”. Flood India with safety napkins! Distribute sanitary napkins free, as they do with condoms and birth control pills, to give to bodly cleanliness top priority. Sex is free, not ‘periods’ for women!
Why luxury tax is on sanitary napkins! Are periods (bleeding) a luxury for women? Do only rich women bleed? So give it FREE to help our women folks, half of our population, to stay clean, first bodly, then in mind and heart, only then work to clean up surroundings they live in! Long live “Swatch Bharat” campaign! james kottoor, editor, ccv.
Please read report below in Matters India – Published on: July 5, 2017 by: mattersindia.com
Bengaluru: Women across the state have lashed out at Modi-led government for levying 12 percent tax on sanitary pads.
The enraged women have started campaign on social media, “Don’t tax on my period” against the central government for causing injustice to women. Under GST, Kumkum and bangles have been made tax-free but the government has levied 12 percent tax on sanitary pads.
“Sex is a choice, but periods are not. When condom is tax free why can’t napkins be?”, women have raised their voice.
Renowned Gynecologist from Bengaluru Padmini Prasad lashed out at the central government for levying 12 percent tax on sanitary pads. “Even now women in rural areas cannot afford to buy sanitary pads. I support this campaign,” she said.
Several women vented their anger against the present GST reform which PM Modi had labelled as “Good and Simple Tax.” They also demanded that sanitary pads should be given at a subsidised rate instead of putting taxes on them.
One of the Twitter users commented, “The only explanation for sanitary napkins being taxed at 12 percent under GST is that the GST Council has ‘only’ men on it and men don’t get periods.”
Another woman commented, “About 80 percent of the Indian women can’t afford proper menstrual hygiene.12 percent GST on sanitary napkins. 0 percent on sindoor, bangles and bindis. Do ask Mr Arun Jaitley why?”Another woman supporting the campaign said, “Why luxury tax is levied on sanitary napkins! Only rich women bleed? Its high time we should know its an essential not luxury.”