Twinkle Khanna Calls For No GST on Sanitary Pads, Twitterati Applauds Her Stand
Twinkle Khanna has proved that she is a woman of substance and supreme intellect. From penning a very successful newspaper column to becoming a published author the former actress has done things with aplomb, style, and finesse. She also runs a supremely successful interior designing business. Twinkle Khanna who is married to superstar Akshay Kumar and is the elder daughter of yesteryear superstar Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia has managed to carve a niche for herself with her views, opinions and satirical humour. Her articles and tweets are always on the mark and she usually addresses a grave issue that is plaguing the society in a funny way in her columns. This time she has voiced an opinion that might be relevant to her home production or her husband Akshay Kumar’s movie but the fact remains that it is highly credible and the logic is foolproof. In a recent interview given to BBC World, Twinkle Khanna spoke about the problems faced by Indian women due to menstruation and also spoke about the rates of sanitary napkins and the GST that is charged on it. She stressed the point that there should be no tax on sanitary pads. Naturally, Twitterati was all praise for her stand and applauded her for talking about something on an international forum which plagues each and every woman in India and abroad.
When GST was introduced there was an uproar on the GST rates applied on the sanitary napkins and these are still highly priced in the Indian markets. Taking this example Twinkle Khanna said in the interview, “For some strange reason India has 12 per cent GST on sanitary pads. Which is shocking. Apparently, there are no taxes on brooms. I think they feel that women should keep their houses clean but it’s not as important to keep themselves clean.” The video clip has generated a lot of buzz on social media as Twinkle Khanna also stressed on the fact that we need to get rid of Menstruation Tax globally. Women as well as men have come forward in support of her statement and applauded her for taking up this issue which till now has never been spoken about. Twinkle Khanna Shares Adorable Picture Of Akshay Kumar And Son Aarav Making Souffle For Dessert!
Watch her interview clip below:
— Twinkle Khanna (@mrsfunnybones) November 22, 2017
Twitter users were in praise of Twinkle Khanna’s words although a few pointed out that they hope she talks about this issue even after the release of her movie Padman. Sample a few tweets below. Akshay Kumar’s Daughter Nitara Plays A Chef But Leaves Twinkle Khanna Worried About The Mess
Women don’t have a choice
With you in full support for this movement. We need to get rid of #MenustrationTax globally. Menustration is natural, no female on earth has a choice for it, it should be tax free globally. #TaxFreeMenustration @PMOIndia @GST_Council @FinMinIndia @arunjaitley
— Komal Maru (@cakomalmaru) November 22, 2017
Women pay for being a woman
Sanitary pads are taxed to make women pay for being a woman whereas a man is born free and is even encouraged for his perverse desires by no taxes on Viagras! And then they say world has changed pic.twitter.com/DcrowoQeri
— #Dev priya (@priyaremix80) November 22, 2017
In praise of Twinkle Khanna and Akshay Kumar
— Navneet Prasad (@prasadnavneet) November 22, 2017
Sanitary Pads should be free
I believe #Sanitarypads shud be distributed free to girls..Just waving of the tax will not help…Even wid out the tax it cannot be afforded by many families…
— Dr. Nusrat Alavi (@AlaviNusrat) November 23, 2017
An ovation to Twinkle Khanna
Well said @mrsfunnybones a Hugh applause and an ovation to you ,but do continue to address this problem !
— Mateshwari (@Mateshwarii) November 22, 2017
Need more such voices
Very correct and rightly said. Truthfully accepted about a basic reality. Need more such awareness and voices .
— Deepak Sohal1 (@DSohal1) November 22, 2017
Even UK faces this issue
This is so true i live west yorkshire uk nd the issue here is big but for some reason its such a hush hush not even talked about on public platforms ,should start from schools
— Asiya Sidat (@AsiyaSidat) November 22, 2017
Respect for Akshay Kumar as well as Twinkle Khanna
— Ashish Parashar (@ashishparasharr) November 22, 2017
Sanitary pads should be available in schools
let schools be made to compulsorily keep free sanitary napkins in the girls’ washrooms.
— Aradhana Dhar (@aradhanadhar) November 22, 2017
Such a valid point
Such a valid point! No tax on brooms but on sanitary pads, about time we stop treating a basic necessity as a luxury item!
— Jennifer Naik (@JenniferNaik) November 22, 2017
Although most people applauded Twinkle Khanna’s views there were some who cynically said that it is all for her upcoming home production ‘Padman’ which features Akshay Kumar in the lead role along with Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte. However, the fact remains that she has been talking about menstruation and women hygiene in her columns for quite some time now, even before her movie was announced and she should be applauded and hailed for taking such a subject and making a movie out of it so that the masses, as well as the government, can be educated on this pressing need. Twinkle Khanna could have gone the other filmmaker’s way by taking up any flimsy and superficial plot, adding garish dances, shooting in foreign locales and minting money out of a mindless film but the fact that she chose such a subject needs wholehearted support and praise for her courage and integrity.
Padman is produced by Twinkle Khanna and is based on her bestselling book, ‘The Legend Of Lakshmi Prasad’ which chronicles the life of Tamil Nadu-based social activist Arunachalam Muruganantham. Arunachalam Muruganantham revolutionized the concept of menstrual hygiene when he started manufacturing low-cost sanitary napkins that women from poorer classes of society can afford. Hats off to you Twinkle Khanna and Akshay Kumar, we hope that you keep fighting for this cause and Padman becomes a huge success.