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Nothing that comes out of vagina is to be ashamed of: Divya Spandana on Smriti Irani’s sanitary pad remark

Congress social media in-charge and party leader Divya Spandana, in a strong critique slammed Union Minister Smriti Irani for her comment on the Supreme Court verdict in the Sabarimala temple entry case.

In a tweet, Divya criticised the Union Minister and said, “Nothing that comes out of the vagina is to be ashamed of. Can’t say the same about the mouth.”

On October 23, a video went viral, where Irani on being asked about her opinion on the SC’s verdict had said, “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. I have the right to pray, but no right to desecrate. That is the difference we need to recognise and respect.”

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The 42-year-old leader said this while addressing Young Thinkers’ Conference organised by the British High Commission and Observer Research Foundation in Mumbai in the context of the order of five-judge Constitution bench of the SC.

On September 28, the bench ruled that not allowing women in their menstruating years (10-50 age) into the Sabarimala shrine, dedicated to Lord Ayyappa is ultra vires the constitution, and all women should be allowed to enter the temple.

Following the verdict, the Kerala government pushed forward with the Supreme Court’s verdict but the state’s BJP unit urged that an ordinance be passed to continue the ban.

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The temple gates were opened last week to women, but they were denied entry by Ayyappa devotees in protest against the SC order.

Irani made the remarks after an activist intended to take a blood-soaked sanitary napkin into Sabarimala temple last week. The activist, however, had denied the allegation.

Responding to the furore over her remarks, the minister said a propaganda was being launched using her as bait. But before she responded to her comment, the Union minister had claimed that the video was “fake news” and said she would come out with a clarification soon.

After she came under fire on social media for her comment, later in the evening, Irani mounted her defence on Twitter in a thread, saying, “Since many people are talking about my comments — let me comment on my comment. As a practising Hindu married to a practising Zoroastrian I am not allowed to enter a 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 2 Zoroastrian children. Similarly Parsi or non Parsi menstruating women irrespective of age DO NOT go to a Fire Temple.”

“These are 2 factual statements. Rest of the propaganda / agenda being launched using me as bait is well just that … bait.”

“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 I’m acceptable. How Liberal is that ??”

Irani in her last tweet put her foot down and said, “As far as those who jump the gun regarding women visiting friend’s place with a sanitary napkin dipped in menstrual blood — I am yet to find a person who ‘takes’ a blood soaked napkin to ‘offer’ to any one let alone a friend.”

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