A group of social workers in Gwalior started a campaign encouraging women to write down their views on menstrual hygiene on sanitary napkins to mark their protest against it being placed under 12% GST.
Hari Mohan, one of the campaigner said,”Sanitary napkins have been placed under 12% GST. Women use things during their menstrual days which is fatal to them. Instead of giving subsidy, it has been placed under the luxury item. So we started this campaign. We aim to send 1000 pads to the govt by 3rd March. ”
“We started a campaign on 4th January. Women in rural areas can’t spend Rs 100 on sanitary napkins. This situation discourages them from using sanitary napkins all the more. They end up falling prey to diseases. Free napkin, at least GST free napkins, must reach women,” another campaigner Preeti Joshi added.