NEW DELHI: Krushnaswarup Dasji -- the spiritual leader of the Swaminarayan Bhuj Mandir sect has made some seriously misogynistic statements in a video.
“….It is certain that men will be born as bullocks in their next life if they consume food cooked by menstruating women. I don’t care if you do not like my views, but this is all written in our shastras (scriptures). If a menstruating woman cooks food for her husband, she will be definitely born as a female dog in her next life,” he said while delivering a sermon in Gujarati, reported The Indian Express.
The preacher is associated with a temple that runs the institution where some 60 girl students were allegedly forced by hostel officials to remove their inner garments to see if they were menstruating or not. The incident took place at Shree Sahjanand Girls Institute (SSGI) in Bhuj.
Those involved in the incident were booked under Indian Penal Code sections 384 (extortion), 355 (assault with intent to dishonour a person) and 506 (criminal intimidation).
For a fact, National Award-winning film Padman is based on Arunachalam Muruganantham, a small town entrepreneur from Tamil Nadu, who invented low-cost sanitary napkins to generate awareness in rural areas.
“Padman was possibly one of the most special films. It is the world’s first mainstream feature film to tackle menstrual hygiene. The biggest service the film did was to make the word ‘pad’ a lot more easy for people to say. It’s proven research that the film is one of the biggest contributors to creating menstrual hygiene awareness in India. Even the government has taken a lot of initiatives after the film’s release. Sanitary napkins’ manufacturers were provided with land and machines. I thank Mr. Muruganantham to bring such a big change in the country,” R. Balki had said.