Women should have free access to sanitary napkins: Akshay Kumar
Published: 01:34 PM, 5 January 2018 Updated: 04:49 PM, 5 January 2018
Indian National Award-winning actor Akshay Kumar is addressing the issue of menstrual hygiene in his forthcoming film PadMan and said that women should get sanitary napkins for free as it is a basic necessity for them.
`The Toilet: Ek Prem Katha` actor Akshay Kumar wants to reach out the government to cut down on GST rate of sanitary napkins.
He said that he thinks women should have free access to sanitary napkins. This is their basic necessity and it is about menstrual hygiene, not luxury.
He also said that it is an unfortunate matter that 82 percent women in this country have no access to sanitary pads and they are mistreated during those five days of their menstruation period.
PadMan is a biography film which is based on Arunachalam Muruganantham who invented a low-cost sanitary pad making the machine in India. But the subject of Pad Man is considered a taboo or a sensitive issue in India. A question was asked Akhsay that what are the elements that he has kept in mind while promoting the film?
Akhsay replied not to call it a sensitive issue. He said that it is time to get rid of those taboos that attached to it and it is time to treat the issue maturely. Also, form a women`s point of view, they should not shy away from talking about the issue, and certainly should not whisper about it.
He feels that people should celebrate when a girl meets with her puberty like they celebrate festivals like Holi and Diwali. He added that when people celebrate it, the girl who is already going through a physical and hormonal transition will feel confident and secure. But we excluded our women from the normality of life during those five days. So from the first experience, women feel that period is something they should hide. So you know where we should start from.
The film `Padman` is produced by Akshay’s wife Twinkle Khanna and directed by R. Balki, PadMan which is set to release on January 26.
PADMAN Official Trailer