Kerala, November 23: Sabarimala Board decision to install machine to test menstruating women has sparked outrage over social networking sites and was slammed for going overboard with claims that women will only be allowed inside the temple premises only after a machine to check the purity of women menstruating.
The temple authorities had earlier suggested that women will be disallowed from entering the temple until and unless a machine establishes that the women entering the temple are not menstruating similar to the ones that check people for illegal possessions currently. The rules of the temple. The rules of this temple has a certain aspect of austerity and stiff rules involved including that of women not entering the temple and also keeping the body and mind completely cleansed during the 41 day period before approaching towards a pilgrimage to Sabarimala. (ALSO READ: This powder will stop bleeding after gunshot)
“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’ for a woman to enter the temple. When that machine is invented, we will talk about letting women inside,” Prayar Gopalakrishnan, Devaswom Board President, was quoted as saying at the Kollam Press Club.
Following the controversial development a counter campaign “Happy To Bleed is launched on Facebook following the statement which has sparked widespread uproar amongst women. Placards and sanitary napkins saying “Happy to bleed” will be displayed henceforth on the campaign page on Facebook and reportedly will also be put on their profiles as a result. About 100 participants have already consented their support to the event and another 500 is also reckoned to join the movement shortly.