We all know what taxes are. Tax is a charge levied by the government on various products and it is generally paid equally by all the customers. If a distinction exists, it is normally on the basis of the income level of the consumer. But a tax called ‘Pink Tax’ prevailing in the society would make you question its existence.
Many of you would be familiar with the term, but for those who are not, Pink Tax is a gender-based tax that demands women to pay more or an additional amount for certain products than the amount paid by men for the same products. Women need to pay more for the products that are identified as feminine products.
For example, a razor costs a mere 80 rupees for men, but the same costs a whooping 250 rupees for women. This is the price difference that Pink Tax creates for women and men for the same products. The gender-based pricing caused a huge gap between the cost for the same products for women and men.
The tax has been prevailing in modern society for years now. It might be surprising to you to know about a tax that is based on the gender of the consumer, in a world that boasts of the most minimal gender discrimination in history.
While we claim to have finally created a society where women are paid equal to men for the same work, women are paying more for the same commodity than men, just because they are women. The two statements seem to be very contradicting to each other.
What do you think, is the Pink Tax justified or not?