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Kerala Congress Wisdom: Menstruating Women Impure, Can’t Enter Religious Places

Interim Congress president in Kerala MM Hassan has courted a controversy with remarks that menstruation made women impure and they should not enter temples during that period.

Menstruation is impure and during this period women should not enter temples. There is a scientific reason behind the instruction that women shouldn’t enter any religious place during this period, MM Hassan said at a public function in Thiruvananthapuram.

Congress MM Hassan

He added that his statements shouldn’t be read any other way.

“During this period (menstruating), Muslim women don’t observe fast. My opinion is that women shouldn’t go to the temple, mosque or church when their body is impure,” he said.

Hassan, a former Minister in the Government of Kerala, was today appointed as the interim president of Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) after VM Sudheeran quit the post earlier this month.

Hassan made the comments on Monday while speaking at a media camp organized by the youth welfare board. The participants of the camp were media students.

The students reacted to statement and asked him what he thought impure? Blood or the organ it came from?

They further said that if Hassan thought both are impure then he also consider himself as impure as the came from the same organ and blood.

After his views received backlash, Hassan retaliated saying that the statements weren’t his views. 

“The statement on menstruation was not my opinion. That was my observation of the social situation which doesn’t allow women to enter places of worship while menstruating, be it Hindus or Muslims. It’s an existing social stigma,” he said.

“I opined that it was the social situation and we can’t change it. How has such an observation been attributed to me? I am not a religious authority to comment on that,” he said at a press conference. 

“Whether I am supporting it or not is not the point. It is the social situation,” Hassan said, adding “political parties cannot change the customs and traditions of religions.”