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'Will Supreme Court decide how Jesus was born?' BJP's Meenakshi Lekhi fumes over Sabarimala in Lok Sabha

Jan 4 (AZINS) BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi launched a scathing attack on Kerala's Left government and the activists who are pushing to normalise the entry of women at the Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala. She accused the Kerala government of intentionally provoking members of a particular community.

"This conversation and this narrative is coming from people who neither understand Hinduism nor do they know the practices of rituals. From Kamakhya to Chengaloor, the Goddess is worshipped as rajaswala, in the menstruating form. That is what Hinduism is. So, we have space for everything," Lekhi said in the Lok Sabha on Friday as part of a discussion on matters of urgent public interest.

"We agree to the extent that rituals of a particular sect need to be kept in that form… Ritualistic practices practiced by certain religious groups need to be left alone. And this is what tolerance is all about," she added.

"Here is a form of God which is celibate in nature. Should women impose themselves? And it is about spiritually and physically training men. Because for 41 days they have to observe abstinence. Will the court decide that 41 days of period should be reduced to 28 days or 30 days or 20 days? It is not court's business."

"Will Supreme Court decide how the birth of Jesus took place? Will the Supreme Court decide which body should be buried and which body should be burnt?"

She also framed her arguments as a targeting of religion. "This is not a question of civil rights… And these are people who are in the name of feminist rights are actually transgressing. They are not followers of Ayyappa. These are anti-religious people. They have the right to be anti-religious. But they have no right to transgress," she said.

Lekhi also expressed reservations over a certain kind of narrative that she said was on the rise. "I feel a certain kind of narrative is being set in this country where men are made to feel small and anti-feminist if they pass any order which is logically correct, though religion cannot be seen from any logical angle," she said.

Lekhi accused the Kerala government for "refusing to maintain law and order", and said it was acting specifically to provoke Hindus. She said the Kerala government "is acting in a manner where it transports two women in an ambulance and surreptitiously takes them as a transgender."

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