Can a PIL Bring Reforms to Desert Religion’s View on Menstruation & Worship?

By GSK Menon published on January 18, 2016

I happened to watch the TV debate conducted by Mr.Arnab Goswami on Why Women Are Not Allowed In Sabarimala. The panelists were Rahul Eashwar and a Swami whose name I cannot recollect. They were defending Hinduism. On the opposite side were two Muslim women who were denouncing the discrimination ! They were Ms.Shazia Ilmi presently in the BJP and former actress Ms.Kushboo.

Arnab Goswami had a few English translation verses which he kept shouting always. Rahul Eshwar was not permitted to talk and at times he was shouting that Lord Ayyappa was a Brahmachari. The other Swami kept mumbling some verses which he knew but he was not audible.

Kushboo and Shazia were vociferously shouting about the discrimination, and denouncing the practice as discriminatory.A hue and cry is being made that Hinduism is discriminating, followers of foreign faiths are secretly generating Public Interest Litigations to denounce Hinduism and affect our core beliefs and values.

The idea is to deride Hinduism in public. Sabarimala is a pilgrimage center of national importance. If that belief, rituals, customs, traditions can be ridiculed and criticized especially in a legal forum, it will boost the propagation of foreign religions.

What other Religions stipulates?

The Old Testament stipulates that a woman is unclean during menstruation

The Jewish Talmud stipulates her period of uncleanness lasts for an additional week after menstruation. Niddah is the word used to denote the menstruating woman.

The Bible verses Leviticus 15:19 reads

19. And if a woman have an issue and her issue in her flesh be blood, she shall be put apart seven days, and whosoever touches her shall be unclean until the even.
20. And everything that she lieth upon in her separation shall be unclean; everything, also that she sitteth upon shall be unclean.
21.And whosoever toucheth her bed shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean till the even.
22. And whosoever toucheth anything that she sat upon, shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even.

 Islam ordains

It is Haraam for a menstruating woman to pay both obligatory and Naafil prayers, and they are not valid if she offers them.

It is Haraam for a menstruating woman to fast

It is Haraam for a menstruating woman to circumambulate (Tawaaf) around the Kabah. The Prophet said “Do not circumambulate the House until you are pure”.

In Al Saheehayn it is said ” Let the menstruating woman avoid the prayer place”.

Imagine the utter hypocrisy and cunningness of Ms.Shazia Ilmi and Ms.Kushboo to suppress about their religious injunctions and start attacking Hinduism ! Followers of foreign religions are wanting to criticize Hinduism only to propagate their faiths. Every religion stipulates that menstruating woman should not come to a place of worship . This is just commonsense, and all religions have the same views on this. Why should the Supreme Court deal only with Hinduism, if it wants to entertain such PIL’s then let it pass common orders for all religions.

I appeal to all Hindu organizations to get themselves impleaded in the Supreme Court case and file all the religious instructions of every religion on this earth. Let there be an open debate, and let us see what the followers of foreign faiths have to tell on this subject.

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