New Delhi:  If bindi, sindoor and kajal are kept out of the ambit of the GST, why cannot the sanitary napkins be exempted, the Delhi High Court asked the Centre today. 

The High Court bench said sanitary napkins were also a necessity and there cannot be any explanation for taxing them and exempting other items by bringing them in the category of necessity. “You exempt bindi, kajal and sindoor. But you tax sanitary napkins. It’s such a necessity. Is there any explanation for it,” the bench said.

The court also expressed unhappiness over absence of any women in 31-member Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council.

“Have you discussed it with the Ministry of Women and Child Development before doing it or have you just looked at the import and export duty. This has to be done while keeping in view the larger concern,” the bench said and listed the matter for December 14.

The court was hearing a petition filed by Zarmina Israr Khan, who is a PhD scholar in African…

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