Artist Raj Kamal Aich Creates Art With Used Tampons, Protesting Against GST On Pads And Tampons

As if paying taxes on menstrual hygiene products in the first place wasn't bad enough, thanks to 12% GST on the same, the prices of sanitary napkins and tampons have now increased. This, when many products that symbolise being a sanskaari Indian naari are tax-free. Yes, we don't have to pay any taxes on sindoor and bindi because, after all, these are the things that symbolise the ultimate aim of a woman's life - being a duly wedded wife. But, when it comes to periods, our government is quick to banish the care needed during the time and levy taxes on it.

We are not the only ones who don't understand this move (read more about how we feel about GST on sanitary products, on our website here). Raj Kamal Aich, Delhi based artist has created some hard-to-miss art work with used tampons to bring home the point that periods are not a joke, and that GST, in this case, is ridiculous! He came up with the idea on World Menstrual Hygiene Day this year, on the 28th of May, when lahoo ka lagaan was an issue that was playing on all our minds. Deciding to break away from convention in order to put across a strong message, he reached for used tampons and sanitary napkins to create his project.

In an interview with a leading publication, Aich said that many of his male friends didn't quite know what a tampon is and how it is used (we feel compelled to take a moment here to urge all women out there to start educating the men in their lives about periods! Please! If you don't, then who will?). "We men take so many things for granted. We just don't talk about periods. Many even have misconceptions about it," he further added.

In his art work, he has juxtaposed used tampons against everyday activities and objects, putting across the message that periods are an intrinsic part of a woman's life. Scroll down, and see the beauty he has created:

 

Artist Raj Kamal Aich Creates Art With Used Tampons

 

Artist Raj Kamal Aich Creates Art With Used Tampons

 

Artist Raj Kamal Aich Creates Art With Used Tampons

 

Artist Raj Kamal Aich Creates Art With Used Tampons

 

Artist Raj Kamal Aich Creates Art With Used Tampons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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