Right to pray, but no right to desecrate: Irani on Sabarimala

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 24 Oct 2018 08:53:07



AMID protests against the Supreme Court order opening the Sabarimala temple in Kerala to women of all ages, Union Minister Smriti Irani on Tuesday said the right to pray did not mean the right to desecrate. “I am nobody to speak against the Supreme Court verdict as I am a serving Cabinet Minister. But just plain common sense is that would you carry a napkin seeped with menstrual blood and walk into a friend’s house? You would not.

“And would you think it is respectful to do the same when you walk into the house of god? That is the difference,” she said.
“I have the right to pray, but no right to desecrate. That is the difference that we need to recognise and respect,” Irani said at the “Young Thinkers” conference by the British High Commission and the Observer Research Foundation here. “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, when her children were inside the Fire temple, she had to wait outside.

“As a practising Hindu married to a practising Zoroastrian I am not allowed to enter Fire temple to pray. I respect that stand by the Zoroastrian community/ priests and do not approach any court for a right to pray as a mother of two Zoroastrian children. Similarly Parsi or non Parsi menstruating women irrespective of age DO NOT go to a Fire Temple,” she tweeted.

Reacting to those criticising her for her comments made at the event in the morning. “But what fascinates me though does not surprise me is that as a woman I am not free to have my own point of view. As long as I conform to the liberal point of view Im acceptable. How Liberal is that?,” Irani said.