Maldives scraps 'period tax'

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Monday ratified the bill passed by the parliament to repeal tax on sanitary pads and tampons in the archipelago.

Kurendhoo MP Abdul Baaree Abdulla had proposed an amendment to the tax law which was backed unanimously by the parliament.

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

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

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