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Punjab girl leads Sabarimala board bashing on ‘purity scanner’

DECCAN CHRONICLE | KRISHNA KUMAR K.E.
Published Nov 23, 2015, 11:51 am IST
Updated Mar 27, 2019, 12:25 am IST
TDB chief’s comment on women’s entry to Sabarimala stirs row
Travancore Devaswom Board president Prayar Gopalakrishnan (Photo: DC)
 Travancore Devaswom Board president Prayar Gopalakrishnan (Photo: DC)
Kochi: A girl student from Punjab has questioned Travancore Devaswom Board president Prayar Gopalakrishnan’s suggestion that the entry of women into the Sabarimala temple can be considered only when there is a machine to check ‘women’s purity’.
 
Nikita Azad, 20, a graduation student from Patiala, in her letter posted on Youth ki Awaaz, a mouthpiece for the youth, asked how ‘God’s own children’ become impure and “which God’s permission are you proposing that my purity be checked.”
 
In her letter posted on November 20, which has  become viral on the social media,  she writes: “I have eyes, nose, ears, lips, arms, legs just as any other human on earth. But, unfortunately, I also have breasts, hips, and a bleeding vagina. I recently came to know that my blood pollutes the temple at Sabari-mala, and I am denied entry into it because I am a woman who menstruates I am not furious at your statement but saddened.”
 
 
TDB president Prayar Gopalakrishnan had said in Kollam on November 14  that women would be permitted in Sabarimala after the invention of a machine which could scan and judge their purity. This was in response to a question about women's entry into the temple.
 
“A time will come when people will ask if all women should be disallowed from entering the temple throughout the year. These days there are machines that can scan bodies and check for weapons. There will be a day when a machine is invented to scan if it is the ‘right time’ (not menstruating) for a woman to enter the temple. When that machine is invented, we will talk about letting women inside,” he said two days after taking charge.
 
Nikita told DC over phone, “I came to know about the official’s sexist post when an online portal aired his statement. I had heard about Sabarimala temple. Every year, I go to Chintapurni, Naina Devi, Vaishno Devi, Chamunda Devi and  Jawala Ji with my family. My parents have taught me how God created men and women as equals, how all humans are the children of God,” she said.

 

 

 

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