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Akshay Kumar’s upcoming film ‘PadMan’ has urged everyone to think about the importance of female hygiene. After several successful initiatives that were triggered right after his film ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’s’ release, it’s time for the country to focus on periods and what women go through every month.
With the inspiring story of Arunachalam Muruganantham, the man who wore a sanitary napkin for the first time and invented low-cost pads for women in rural cities, this significant issue will garner immense light. It’s great to know that even before the movie hit the theatres, it has already started creating an impact amongst the citizens.
As per the latest news, a group of students from Gwalior have launched a campaign by writing messages on sanitary napkins to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to eliminate 12% Goods and Services Tax (GST) on the product and make it free of cost.
The campaign that was started on January 4, aims at creating awareness towards harassment faced by women and to put efforts on their empowerment. “Sanitary napkins have been placed under 12% GST. Women from rural areas use others things during their menstrual days, which is fatal to their health. Instead of giving subsidy, it has been placed under the luxury item. Therefore, we have started this campaign aiming to send 1000 pads to the government by March 3,” a student told a leading news agency.
In an earlier interview, when Akshay was asked about starring in ‘PadMan’ which deals with the topic of menstruation, the actor had stated, “If you change nothing, nothing will change. It’s not about being bold, but about breaking taboos that hold us back. I have lived with women all my life, yet I have learnt more about the topic while making this film than ever before. I do not mind who I offend or whose stomach I turn by being bold, this is not the Stone Age; menstruating is natural.”
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