Posted Date: 30/07/2018
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India defeats the government taxation bill and women finally win the "war of sanitary napkins"

India defeats the government taxation bill and women finally win the "war of sanitary napkins"

Original title: Frustration of the government taxation bill, India's "sanitary towel campaign" won't be easy

India defeats goverment over war of sanitary napkins

[Global Times] Indian women finally won the "Sanitary War", but this victory is hard to come by. Recently, the Indian government finally announced that it will not impose a 12% import tariff on sanitary napkins. The revised tax rate will be implemented on the 27th of this month. This tax exemption policy is called "the victory of all Indians." Why is a small hygiene product so touching the hearts of Indians? The Indian media believes that it directly challenges the social taboo topic, and also reflects the serious problems of women's health in India and the marginalization of women's social status.

The problem of expensive and scarce sanitary napkins has kept the Indian government plagued. According to CNN on the 28th, in poor rural areas, millions of women use rags, even ash and leaves during menstruation, which greatly increases the risk of infection and disease. According to traditional Indian customs, women will be banned during the month. Not only that, the consumption of hygiene products is quite high – the price of a sanitary napkin is between 5 and 12 rupees (1 rupee is about 0.1 yuan), which is a consumable item used every month. For “luxury goods” (India last year, per capita GDP was around $1,800, and rural areas were lower, while rural Indians earned only Rs 33 per day). According to the National Household Health Survey of India, more than 40% of Indian women between the ages of 15 and 24 did not receive hygiene products during menstruation. Reuters said that due to the lack of hygiene supplies, and the lack of toilets in schools, many girls are unable to go to school during menstruation, which has become one of the main factors for women to drop out of school.

The public’s dissatisfaction with the government stems from the government’s announcement last year that it would levy a sanitary napkin tax. On July 1, 2017, the Modi government officially implemented India's largest tax reform bill since its independence, the “Goods and Services Tax Law”, in which sanitary napkins were classified as luxury goods and required a 12% tariff. The Hindustan Times mentioned on the 27th that India’s domestic sanitary napkins have insufficient production capacity and a quarter of them need to be imported. This is one of the reasons for the tariff on sanitary napkins. 


Frustration of the government taxation bill, India's "sanitary towel campaign" won't be easy


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Indian women finally won the Sanitary War, but this victory is hard to come by. Recently, the Indian government finally announced that it will not impose a 12% import tariff on sanitary napkins. The revised tax rate will be implemented on the 27th of this month. This tax exemption policy is called...   More About Article
Publish On:  30/07/2018
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