Nagpur: Union minister Smriti Irani bats for a ban on women to Sabarimala. Speaking to ANI, this is Irani’s bizarre explanation: “I have a right to pray, but not a right to desecrate. I am nobody to speak on the Supreme Court verdict as I’m a serving cabinet minster.
“But would you take sanitary napkins soaked in menstrual blood into a friend’s home? So why would you take them into the house of God?” she said.
The Supreme Court Tuesday said that it would hear on November 13 petitions challenging its Sabarimala verdict allowing women of all age groups entry into the temple.
A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice S K Kaul told lawyer Mathews J Nedumpara that it has already passed an order with regard to listing of petitions on November 13. Nedumpara was mentioning the petition filed by National Ayyappa Devotees Association.
he Union textile minister was speaking at the “Young Thinkers” conference organised by the British High Commission and the Observer Research Foundation in Delhi.
“I am a practising Hindu married to a Zoroastrian. I have ensured that both my kids are practising Zoroastrians, who can go to the fire temple and pray,” she said. Irani recalled that when her children were inside the fire temple, she had to stand outside on the road or sit in the car.
“When I took my newborn son (to the fire temple), I would give him at the (temple) entrance to my husband and wait outside, because I was shooed away and told not to stand there,” she said.