Maldives moves to scrap 'period tax'

Maldives parliament has tabled a motion to repeal tax on sanitary pads and tampons in the archipelago.

Kurendhoo MP Abdul Baaree Abdulla has proposed an amendment to the tax law which has already been tabled for the parliament sitting on Tuesday.

Presently, sanitary pads and tampons are subject to Goods and Services Tax (GST) at standard six percent because they are not considered an 'essential' product.

The move to scrap tax on sanitary pads remains an electoral pledge of new president Ibrahim Mohamed Solih who has outlined it in his first 100 days pledges.

Hundreds of women have actively campaigned across social networking sites pleading the government to end 'period tax.'