Even as review petitions are pending against Supreme Court in case of women being allowed in the holy shrine, Union minister Smriti Irani on Tuesday said the right to pray did not mean the right to desecrate.
“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 that we need to recognise and respect,” Irani said.
This comes as on September 28, a five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court, headed by then chief justice Dipak Misra lifted the ban on entry of women of menstrual age into the shrine.
But despite the Supreme Court order, the women have been stopped by Ayyappa devotees from climbing up to the Sabarimala temple.
Massive protests against the Supreme Court order have been ongoing.
The Union textiles minister was speaking at the “Young Thinkers” conference organised by the British High Commission and the Observer Research Foundation here.>