“Come on, say the word out loud. MENSTRUATION.”
“Pardon? I can’t hear you.”
“That’s not even a word.”
Yeah, right. Periods, aunt flo, crimson wave, that time of the month, un dino and the worst of them all ‘ladkiyo vali problem’ – a few euphemisms that’ll help you get what that so-called non-existent word means. Unlike other blogs of women on the tabooed topic, yes, I conveniently said women because I know that a manly man won’t ever write on periods. So, I was saying that I never wanted to start this one with some stats, but frankly speaking, only stats will penetrate into your steadfast heads and make you realise. Most of us know that about 90% of the females in India do not have access to safe and clean sanitary napkins, or pads. The reason is that a huge chunk of Indians reside in rural India, and have little or no money for buying pads. And even if they have, it is difficult for them to purchase pads, because the mentality.
This problem is not prevelant in just the rural areas, but also in smart cities like Indore. One can’t just buy pads without getting at least one awkward stare and a malicious grin. Also, in rural India, many women and girls use unsanitary materials such as old rags, husks, dried leaves, grass, ash, sand or newspapers because they do not have access to affordable, hygienic and safe products and facilities. Most of these old rags are reused.
Yes, I bleed. Yes, that happens every fucking month. And yes, I can bloody afford it, so what if it costs me about ₹200 every single time.
Coming to the point, I feel that adding pads to the ‘luxury items’ list is downright wrong. Because pads are not a luxury. That’s a true blue need. Yes, the exact colour that pours down from our va-jay-jays. Replaced the actual word with va-jay-jays because people won’t like the actual word. Lack of menstrual hygiene leads to mental health issues as well as disrupts the bodily functioning. Today, we do not need to inflate pad prices. We need to reduce it, so that all females can use sufficient, healthy and clean pads, so that we are able to take a step towards a cleaner and more hygienic India. Let us say no to #lahukalagaan. No point in adding tax to sanitary napkins.
If you guys support the cause, kindly sign the following petition:
#TaxFreeWings: Petition to Arun Jaitley for removal of tax on sanitary napkins – Sign the Petition!
P.S. forgive me if I made any factual mistake(s) whatsoever.