Women in India have taken to social media after being told they should be denied access to a famed temple if they are menstruating.
Travancore Devaswom Board president Prayar Gopalakrishnan said that women should be allowed in the Sabarimala temple only after a machine that would ‘check the purity of women’ was invented.
He also said that strict measures should be taken to allow only clean women to enter the temple.
For years, the Sabarimala temple has only been open to men.
Recently, the board president was asked if that policy will change, allowing women inside the temple.
“A time will come when people will ask if all women should be disallowed from entering the temple throughout the year. These days, there are machines that can scan bodies and check for weapons. There will be a day when a machine is invented to scan if it is the right time for a woman to enter the temple. When that machine is invented, we will talk about letting women inside,” Gopalakrishnan is reported to have said to members of the Kollam Press Club.
In response to his statements, women across India have taken to social media to protest the idea that a period makes them ‘unclean or impure.’