Free Press Journal

Awareness on Sanitary Pads: Social media posts not enough to break taboo


Indore: With awareness campaigns on sanitary napkins and related misconceptions trending on social media, women and men are found equally enthusiastic about discussing its importance and uploading photos with sanitary pads to break the taboos and support women.

Going a step further, some activists are even questioning government on tax enforced on sanitary napkins and lack of support for women in rural areas. Raising their voice, they demanded removal of tax on pads and initiate menstrual education for women in large scale. According to a recent data, sanitary pads are out of reach for 68.84 per cent women in rural areas and not affordable for 22 per cent women who are below poverty line in India.

Criticising some trendy social media posts on the issue, CS Akansha Jain said, “People feel it is fancy to pose with an unused pad and projecting self as an aware and sensitive citizen; clearly, it is not right the way.” She argued that one must do something on ground, for most women in the country cannot afford sanitary pads and government is making it further dearer by taxing them.

Women denied basic needs hurts

“It hurts me to see that women are denied basics in our country. We should be providing sanitary pads for free rather it is being taxed. We are promoting ‘Swachh Bharat’ but denying basic hygiene to women. It is heart breaking. It is high time that government takes action in favour of people.”

Ruchi Bajaj, Homemaker

Unjust and unfair policies

“We are promoting cleanliness, encouraging dialogue about sanitary pads and basic sanitation. However, none of them is of any use if we refuse to provide basic facilities to women. Basic needs like sanitary pad is being taxed simply to satisfy the government’s greed. It is unfair and unjust. It would be so much nicer if people’s need were considered and worked upon.”

Tarun Mahajan CA.

Cruel to tax sanitary pads

“Our ambition is to create a better India that allows everyone to experience life at its best. How is this possible if we deny basics to women? Many women in rural areas are not even aware as to why they bleed! I guess that is enough for people to understand the change needed.When talked about taxing sanitary pads, it is cruel. How can government consider earning profits by denying basics.”

Aarti Maheshwari Trainer

Big change needed for women

“I remember connecting with women who felt that god just wanted women to suffer and hence, we get period. They do not even know our own physiology. It is a big change that is needed for women. Taxing sanitary pads sounds criminal when considered its utility and necessity for women.”

Sonal Anand Businesswoman