‘Would you take used sanitary pads to friend’s home,’ says Smriti Irani on Sabarimala row

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Mumbai: Union minister Smriti Irani on Tuesday sparked a controversy when she spoke on the issue of allowing women of all ages entry into the Sabarimala temple.

The Supreme Court, in a landmark verdict, recently threw open the doors of Sabarimala temple in Kerala to all women; earlier women of menstruating age were barred entry to the temple, which is the abode of Lord Ayyappa, who is considered to be celibate.

Smriti Irani while speaking at the event recalled how she has once barred entry into a fire temple in Mumbai. (Non-Parsi women are not allowed to enter fire temples.)

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Irani said that back then she accepted the rule and respected it by not entering the temple.

She further said that ” I have the right to pray, but no right to desecrate. I am nobody to speak on SC verdict as I’m a serving cabinet minister. Would you take sanitary napkins seeped in menstrual blood into a friend’s home? No.Why take them into the house of God?”

“You would not,” the Union minister answered, continuing, “And would you think that it is respectful to do the same when you walk into the house of god?”

When a twitter user slammed Irani on her comments, she called it Fake news.

Irani in a series of tweets to explained her comments:


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