Kochi | It is now Sabarimala pilgrim shrine at the receiving end on social medium Facebook for a weird gesture from the temple authorities that wanted to thoroughly check the purity of women who wish to enter the premises, using some device or other.
The unheard of a resolution from the authorities, when noticed by a vibrant section of women’s right watchers at the national level led to a foul cry today demanding apologies. Outraged women across India have launched a Happy To Bleed “counter campaign” on Facebook to protest against menstrual taboos and gender bias.
The hill shrine in Kerala attracts lakhs of pilgrims from all over India and a temple custom forbids women aged in between 10 and 50 from entering the sacred premises. A FB page created to protest titled ‘Happy To Bleed’ and the entries there categorically criticised the authorities for promoting gender bias.
The controversial statement came in the backdrop of growing incidents of violations found out these days after this year’s season just started and a section in the public trying the argument women may have to be considered for worshipping. However, the temple authorities are still adamant to clarify their stand that the statement was on hypothetical clues and they planned for no such machines.
“Devaswom chief of Sabrimala temple, Kerala has given a sexist statement that once purity checking machines are invented, that check whether it is “right time” or not, (whether women are menstruating or not) are invented, he will think about letting women enter. By this statement, he has reinforced misogyny and strengthened myths that revolve around women,” the statement posted on the Happy To Bleed FB page says.
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