Union government’s decision to tax sanitary napkins 12% under GST has not gone well for the women activist. As the chorus grows for #TaxFreePad Monica Bhardwaj an IPS officer of 2009 batch, AGMUT cadre has come in ahead raising a key question if condoms can be free, sanitary napkins can at least be tax-free.
Speaking exclusively to My Medical Mantra the senior IPS officer opines that sanitary napkins should be tax- free, and women law makers should raise this issue.
What is your take on the government’s decision to tax sanitary napkins under GST?
This is such a basic need for every woman that howsoever any women may want they can’t avoid using it with any other hygienic choice.
At the moment there is a movement to make sanitary napkins tax-free you have also raised a voice regarding it. Do you think women law makers should question government? Should it be a mass movement?
Yes, the women law makers must raise their voice.
88 per cent women in rural India are still using methods like clothes and others whose failure it is?
The women don’t have a choice there (rural areas) . The basic thinking process in our entire system has to be oriented in such a way. This is not a failure of any one person… but of all of us as a society
Speaking about menstruation is still a taboo in India, as a senior IPS officer what would you say regarding this taboo and what would you want to say to young girls?
Menstruation is so normal and natural. Our young girls need to be taught this. This is nothing to be ashamed of rather actually something to be proud of… they should think I created life through this process
Do you think that the time has come when women should openly speak about menstruation?
Yes, Of course the time has come.
Have you experienced anything in your personal life which you would like to share?
No personal experience in particular. But generally it has always been an uncomfortable subject to discuss with people around. I sometime find it funny how we have to talk in whispers