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DCW urges Centre to make sanitary napkins tax-free under GST

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Commission for Women (DCW) has written to Union Minister urging him to make sanitary napkins tax-free under

While congratulating the Minister on the successful passage of legislation in Parliament, Chairperson Swati Maliwal sought his intervention on the issue of sanitary napkins which have been taxed at 12 per cent, as per the schedule for goods which released yesterday.

In her letter to Jaitley, she said all females from the age of 10-12 years till 45-50 years undergo menstruation.

Since menstruation is a natural phenomenon, hygiene and proper health during this period is a fundamental right of each female citizen, Maliwal said.

"Understandably, taxation of sanitary napkins which is a basic necessity, denies its access to many. It makes sanitary napkins unaffordable for millions of poor Indian women who end up using dangerous materials such as dirty cloth, straw and sand instead," she said.

Earlier, Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi and Member of (Lok Sabha) Sushmita Dev and several other leaders advocated for making sanitary napkins free.

"Through this letter, I wish to communicate the recommendation of the commission to make sanitary napkins completely tax-free. This one decision of the Union government shall positively impact and improve the health and hygiene of millions of women," she said.

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First Published: Sat, May 20 2017. 18:48 IST