Are sanitary napkins an essential item?
Well, even if you think so, the Goods and Services Tax council doesn’t agree. It has taxed them at 12% and kept sindoor (vermilion), bindis, and bangles tax-free.
The Quint spoke to Sushmita Dev, Member of Parliament for Silchar in Assam, who launched a petition to make sanitary pads tax free in March. She expressed her disappointment at the way sanitary napkins are still treated as a luxury item, but says she is hopeful that a debate has been initiated in this regard.