New Delhi, News24 Bureau, Oct 23: Is Union Minister Smriti Irani defending the ban on Sabarimala temple where women in the age-group of 10-50 were not allowed to enter the temple premises until the Supreme Court lifted this centuries-old tradition?Speaking at Young Thinker's Conference the Union Minister said, "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?"Smriti Irani said today in the middle of a passionate debate in Mumbai named Young Thinker's Conference, over the ban on women of menstrual age (10-50) entering Kerala's famous Sabarimala shrine and a Supreme Court order overturning it."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 recognise and respect," Smriti Irani said.
Continuing with her argument she shared an incident when she had to wait outside a fire temple while her son was taken inside. "My kids are Zoroastrian, both can go to the fire temple and pray. When I took my newborn son to the fire temple, I was shooed away and told don't stand here. I stood on the road outside and prayed," she shared with the curious crowd. A history of sorts was created when last month the Supreme Court ended a traditional law going on since centuries thereby allowing women in menstruating age between 10-50 to enter inside the Sabarimala temple shrine dedicated to Lord Ayyappa, a celibate god. Despite the SC verdict, the protestors did not allow enthusiastic protagonists to enter the temple which was opened for five days. Though armed with an SC order women could not make into the temple and the fanatic protestors did not let them make history.Both the BJP and the Congress backed the protesters and demanded that Kerala's Left government come up with an ordinance or special order to override the Supreme Court order and restore the ban. The plea against the verdict has been admitted and the court will hear the plea on November 13 again.