I Have Right To Pray, But Not To Desecrate, Says Smriti Irani On Sabarimala Temple Issue

| October 23 , 2018 , 15:56 IST

Giving out her opinions on the ongoing protests against the Supreme Court judgement that allows women of all menstruating age to enter into the Sabarimala temple in Kerala, Union Cabinet Minister Smriti Irani on Tuesday said, "I have the right to pray, but not to desecrate."

"I am nobody to comment on the Supreme Court verdict because I am a serving minister. But I believe I have the right to pray, but not the right to desecrate. And that is the difference we need to recognize and respect," Irani said.

Irani also asked 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?.

Irani was speaking at an event in Mumbai called the Young Thinkers' Conference.

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On September 28, a five-judge constitutional bench of former Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice RF Nariman, Justice Khanwilkar, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Indu Malhotra had scrapped Rule 3(b) of the Kerala Hindu Places of Public Worship (Authorisation of Entry) Rules, 1965, which authorises restriction on women “of menstruating age”.

Reading out the verdict former CJI Dipak Misra had said, "Women no way inferior to men. On one hand, women are worshipped as Goddesses, but there are restrictions on the other hand. Relationship with God can't be defined by biological or physiological factors."