Govt trying to earn through women's menstruation: MP Kaviratne

AN | Published: 4:17 PM Nov 24 2020
Local Govt trying to earn through women's menstruation: MP Kaviratne

Matale District Parliamentarian Rohini Kaviratne of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya says that the Government is trying to earn through women's menstruation by imposing a 15% 'menstruation tax' just as the British imposed a body tax.

She said in a statement that in 1848 the Governor of Torrington, England, imposed seven taxes, including body tax and dog tax, and that this Government would go down in history as the first Government to tax women's menstruation.

She said the good governance Government had removed 40% of the tax on sanitary napkins and the current Government had increased the tax on sanitary napkins by 15%.

"It is not only women who are affected by the new 'menstruation tax'. There are several women in every family, such as mothers and daughters. Poverty affects them even more, ”she added.

She urged the Government to remove the new tax imposed on sanitary napkins.

AN | Published: 4:17 PM Nov 24 2020

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