In India a menstruating woman always have to face some weird responses and age-old traditions. The heartbreaking moment comes when the women themselves start questioning the revolt against the bizarre practices against women on their periods. In the recent Sabarimala shrine ruling by Supreme Court, many activists came in support of the verdict allowing women between 10 to 50 years of age to enter the temple but at the same time, there were also some women who spoke against the verdict.
Talking about the Supreme Court verdict, recently Union Minister Smriti Irani said praying and disrespecting is different. And the difference should be recognized. She did not seem to completely agree or disagree with the verdict and mentioned the reasons for her difference of opinion.
Talking at an event she responded on the comments about an alleged incident where an activist tried to access the Sabarimala temple last week carrying used sanitary pads. The activist had emphatically denied it.
Smriti Irani questioned:
“…just plain common sense. Would you take sanitary napkins seeped in menstrual blood and walk into a friend’s home? You could not. And would you think it is respectable to do the same thing when you are walking into the house of god?”
After her comment, many targeted her for the statement and she tweeted again the same.
As far as those who jump the gun regarding women visiting friend’s place with a sanitary napkin dipped in menstrual blood — I am yet to find a person who ‘takes’ a blood soaked napkin to ‘offer’ to any one let alone a friend.
— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) October 23, 2018
Justifying her point of view she shared an incident when she had to wait outside a fire temple in Mumbai, with her son inside. Her comment has been taken up by storm on Twitter.
— NDTV (@ndtv) October 23, 2018
Journalist Yashwant Deshmukh defended Irani and cleared the stand of the union minister.
Why twist the straightforward statement of @smritiirani out of context @ndtv ? She was not saying about women “wearing” pads and going anywhere. She was saying that in context of the news about someone carrying blood-soaked pads as “offering” to the #Sabrimala temple. https://t.co/w1zkDxlYkT
— Yashwant Deshmukh (@YRDeshmukh) October 23, 2018
Twitteratis were clearly angry.
— Siddharth (@svaradarajan) October 23, 2018
YES and from households to winning gold for our nation… a woman can do alot more things while having periods https://t.co/BD8G3iXaC7
— Attraversiamo !!! (@i_upasana) October 23, 2018
It is entirely Irani’s personal decision to not enter a fire temple but it does not justify the objection on other women’s worshiping inside Sabarimala. For 50 years, this Kerala temple has denied the women of certain age to enter the premises because of menstruation. But this was overruled by the Supreme Court so why our ministers are reluctant to accept the same.