New Delhi [India], Mar 29 : Women activist Ranjana Kumari on Wednesday asserted that Congress leader M.M.Hassan should be sent for counselling under a medical practitioner who could enlighten the politician that there is nothing pure or impure in regard with menstruation.
Kumari dubbed Hassan's remarks as laughable and demanded the Congress leader's arrest. "What he is saying is really laughable, because he doesn't understand the science of it, neither the spirituality nor the biology of it, which is why he is talking out of head," said Kumari.
"This kind of stupidity must stop. There is nothing like purity or impurity in it. I would request that such people should be sent for counselling to a gynaecologist, a medical practitioner to understand the process.
Also I would like him to be arrested under the obscenity act," he added. However, the Congress party yesterday termed Hassan's remark on women as a personal view, making it clear that the party believes in equality.
"I don't think it is right to confuse this kind of casual personal comment with a party view. This is his personal comment. The party by no means posses any such views on women," Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi told ANI.
He added that the Congress has the highest respect and believes in equality. "As far as feminine gender is concerned, there should be real, de facto and operational equality not an informal one," Singhvi said.
In a shocking remark, Hassan had said that menstruation is impure and women should not enter places of worship during that time.
"Menstruation is impure and during this period women should not enter temples. There is a scientific reason behind the instruction that women should enter during this period. It should not be given other interpretations. During this period, Muslim women do not observe fast. My opinion is that women should not go to temple, mosque or church when their body is impure," he said at a public function after he took over as KPCC's interim president.