There’s been a lot of hullabaloo about making sanitary napkins tax-free. Many Indian women are protesting about government plan to tax a product that millions of women can’t do without. As per a new set of national rates set by the government, sanitary pads are set to be taxed at 12%. Thousands of people want the tax levied to be zero, as it is an indispensable part of a menstruating woman’s life.
I agree to the fact that something as important as sanitary napkins shouldn’t be taxed. But amidst the protest which was going by the hashtag #LahuKaLagaan on Twitter, I noticed that something was amiss. Will making sanitary napkins tax-free is the ultimate solution to the problem? Perhaps, it will reduce the cost of sanitary napkins and make it more reachable to the lower sect of society. But is that all we want?
What grabbed my attention was making these synthetic-based sanitary napkins even more accessible will generate more non-biodegradable waste in the ecosystem. Here are few reasons due to which I’m adamant on my POV that making sanitary napkins tax-free is not the ultimate solution of menstrual problems.
Every cloud has a silver lining, as the great men have said. This problem, too, is manageable. Switching from non-biodegradable to reusable is one such solution. And above that, it has many benefits, both to the women and the society.
It is cheaper than the disposable counterparts and will have least impact on the environment. Cloth diapers and menstrual cups are a better option to tackle menstrual problem in the time when we’re already leaving behind too much of carbon footprint.