New Delhi: Supporting a recent campaign, named #LahuKaLagaan, Arjun Kapoor’s sister Anshula stated, the sanitary napkin should be classified as an essential item and not a luxury
For the unversed, #LahuKaLagaan campaign is an initiative by SheSays NGO, urging the Finance Minister to exempt the tax completely.
Anshula tweeted, “.@arunjaitley pls make sanitary napkins tax-free under GST – they should be classified as an essential item & not a luxury! #LahuKaLagaan”
Artists and social media influencers like Mallika Dua, Kenny Sebastian, Kanan Gill, Sorabh Pant and others also extended their support to the campaign and expressed their views on Twitter.
“Really sad. Approx 23% Indian girls leave school after menstruation. 100% behind 0% tax on pads.@arunjaitley #LahukaLagaan @SheSaysIndia,” wrote Sorabh.
“88% Indian women use: rags, sand, ash, wood shavings, leaves etc. Remove tax on Sanitary Napkins? #LahuKaLagaan @SheSaysIndia @arunjaitley,” he added.
— Anshula Kapoor (@anshulakapoor) April 18, 2017
Mallika tweeted, “@arunjaitley 88% of Indian women use rags, sand, ash, wood shavings,hay instead of sanitary pads. Tax for this?!#LahukaLagaan @SheSaysIndia”
“27% of the WORLDS cervical cancer deaths occur in India. Please @arunjaitley remove tax on sanitary napkins.@SheSaysIndia#LahuKaLagaan,” tweeted Kenny.
Sahil Shah wrote, “#lahukalagaan leads to less menstrual protection and many adolescent girls miss 5 days of school in a month. @arunjaitley let’s change this?”
Kanan wrote, “Friends, sanitary napkins should be free under GST, plz tweet to @arunjaitley and make ur voice heard #LahuKaLagaan @SheSaysIndia”
Adding, “Infections 70% more common among women who don’t use hygienic materials during menstruation. Old 500/1000 notes not ideal for heavy flow”
On a related note, while the Delhi government has reduced the tax on sanitary napkins from earlier 12.5 percent to five percent, in March, the tax on sanitary napkins is still 14 percent under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) system in other states.