Recently, it was reported that 68 female students were asked to strip by authorities at an educational institute in Bhuj, Gujarat, in order to confirm if they were menstruating or not.
At a time when we are aiming for equality among all genders, the horrific incident drew a lot of flak from people. And if this wasn't enough, Swami Krushnaswarup Dasji of Swaminarayan Bhuj Mandir, the same sect that runs this institute, further exposed his sick mentality.
A video of him from about a year ago, where he is preaching about menstruating women, is doing rounds on the Internet.
While preaching he said:
A menstruating woman who cooks food for her husband will certainly be reborn as 'kutri' (bitch).
And according to him, people who eat food prepared by menstruating women, will be born as oxen. Further he also referred to the shastras to substantiate his remarks.
You can feel whatever you want but these rules have been outlined in the shastras.
His words didn't go down well with people who took to Twitter to point the misogyny.
If menstruating women who cook will be reborn as bitches ..all I have to say is I would rather be born a bitch than an ass ;)— epifunny (@nandinisushil) February 18, 2020
"If you eat food prepared by a menstruating woman even once, then your next avatar will definitely be that of an ox. A menstruating woman who cooks food for her husband will certainly be reborn as a bitch."— Ashok Swain (@ashoswai) February 18, 2020
Ashamed to call myself a Hindu!https://t.co/X7oqA6n4Py
This disgusting & regressive mindset that aims to push a gender behind another will be the end of progress in our country.— Srinivas B V (@srinivasiyc) February 18, 2020
We must not tolerate such bigotry. Stand up and speak out against such agents of gender discrimination. https://t.co/la4GTYyNdW
This applies only to those who are condemned to be reborn and not good enough to achieve Moksha. People like me are not affected. https://t.co/MOmqCvez1E— Aunindyo Chakravarty #DesiDemocracy (@AunindyoC) February 18, 2020
Yeh lo! Inki suno. It's not like there's any dearth of comedy in our lives. https://t.co/R8kFIFqTrN— Vikram Singh (@cynicalVS) February 18, 2020
Hypocrisy does exist in modern India. It is an outrageous . Human right violations— Ravi raj - @rr (@raviraj82006007) February 18, 2020
Menstruating women who cook will be reborn as dogs: Bhuj seer shocker - India News https://t.co/tWynp0G8gK
Brazen misogyny is the new normal under the prevailing Hindutva.https://t.co/p7vc0apfMw— Jitendra K Biswal (@JBiswal) February 18, 2020
What can I say - misogyny and regressive attitudehttps://t.co/TfAlU4ElBm— Vibha Mathur (@vibhamathur10) February 18, 2020
It should be noted that the same sect prohibits women from entering temples or kitchens while they are on their period.
It's 2020 and also high time to do away with deeply entrenched menstrual taboos.