In a shocking development in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala Congress Committee Interim President M M Hassan while speaking at a media camp organized by the Youth Welfare Board said that women should not visit any place of worship during menstruation citing it as impure. “Menstruation is impure and during this period women should not enter temples. There is a scientific reason behind the instruction that women should enter worship places during this period. It should not be given other interpretations.” He further added that”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”.
The participants of the camp, who were media students, reacted to his statement asking him to explain what he thinks is more impure, menstruation or the organ from where it comes. They further added that if he thinks that the both (menstruation and the organ) are impure, then he should also consider himself as impure, as he came from the same organ and blood. In his reply, Hassan said that it was his own view, News18 reported
In the latest development, Congress Rajya Sabha MP, Abhishek Manu Singhvi while defending MM Hassan’s said, “Party holds the highest respect for women.”
M M Hassan was appointed as the interim president of the Kerala Congress Committee(KCC) by the Congress central leadership after V M Sudheeran quit the post. The move was to silence the criticism over the vacant post of the President for over two weeks. Hassan was the senior most leader among other KCC-vice presidents. Earlier in the month, Sudheeran had resigned from party citing the health issues he was going through but the speculation was that he was not happy with the party’s growing factionalism.