Machine needed to check ‘purity’ of Indian women

Machine needed to check ‘purity’ of Indian women

Prayar Gopalakrishnan, above, the new head of the famous Sabarimala temple in Kerala, sparked outrage after saying that women would only be allowed to enter the temple after a machine was invented to check their ‘purity’.

According to this report, Gopalakrishnan told reporters at the Kollam Press Club:

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.

His statement instantly sparked a backlash in the form of a “Happy to Bleed” Facebook campaign.


The campaign, which began last Saturday, calls on women “to hold placards/sanitary napkins/charts saying Happy To Bleed” and post the pictures on their profiles, and it says:

This is a campaign against menstrual taboos that prevail in our society. Women are considered ‘impure’ during menstruation, are barred from entering kitchen, are isolated within homes etc. Happy To Bleed is a counter campaign launched against menstrual taboos, and sexism that women are subject to through it. It acknowledges menstruation as a natural activity which doesn’t need curtains to hide behind.

Sudha Ramalingam, a senior lawyer, is quoted here as saying:

I can’t comprehend this. How can a machine determine the purity of women and what is the standard? How can a machine judge the purity of women? How scientific is it?

It seems to be ridiculous. I am against the view that menstruating women are impure. People must first understand what woman and womanhood is and must talk with sensitivity.

Poet and activist Ravi Shankar pointed out:

There could also be a machine that scans and finds out whether men have led a celibate, teetotaler, vegetarian life for 41 days before entering the temple. This will help reducing the crowd by 90 per cent.

15 responses to “Machine needed to check ‘purity’ of Indian women”

  1. David Anderson says:

    Thankfully no machine is needed to test the religious dumbfucks. It’s right there in their beliefs, words, and actions.

  2. L.Long says:

    Women please!!! You have to remember that these menstrual taboos are put into place my males that are ssssooooo insecure, SSSsssooo ignorant, SSoo jealous of your ability to create life, and so terrified to discover and learn truth, and so egocentric that they have to blame you for everything evil.
    So use the brains you have and leave the religion as it is made by stupid males and run by stupid males, and if enough women leave the religion so will the men as they can’t help themselves and must get some nucky.

  3. Newspaniard says:

    Is this man an islamofascist? “If he walks like a duck…” (You know the rest).

  4. David Anderson says:

    Um, that’s Hinduismofascist.

  5. Stephen Mynett says:

    Good point David and made me think of a question I posed to a cricket loving friend a couple of years back after England had been completely beaten by India, it was: “Can you be mullahed by a Hindu?”

  6. Broga says:

    I think this fool’s “purity” needs to be checked. What is pure about condemning and victimising women for a natural and unavoidable function of the body.

  7. Gerald says:

    Purity …… what does that even mean ? I can understand something like …. This Aluminium Ingot contains only 0.05% impurities …it is high purity (99.95%) Aluminium. Whereas the nasty dirty creepy shite laden recesses of this fools mind render him 100% pure pile of shit.

  8. Gerald says:

    Does this cretin not know that the ‘filth’ he claims renders women cyclically impure is the same stuff that courses through his veins.

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  10. Lucy1 says:

    Veins good. Vaginas bad.

  11. Vanity Unfair says:

    Are we not missing something here? If I have read the article correctly, at present women are completely barred from entering the temple. It is not “only” being prohibited from leading worship, cut off from the higher ranks of the clergy, relegated to less visible areas of the building or concealed from sight but being figuratively faced by a pestilential priest shouting, “They shall not pass!”
    If any female architect, historian or clergyman wanted to visit the famous (never heard of it but that can be remedied) Sabarimala temple in Kerala the way is closed for no reason other than the lack of a Y chromosome. Incidentally, the Y chromosome is usually described as “stunted” but perhaps “impure X” would be as accurate.

  12. 1859 says:

    This man needs a machine to check his sanity. He sounds like the sort of guy who sucks his own nipples.

  13. Maggie says:

    How about a machine that can identify wankers? Or shall we just stick with the ‘religious leader title’ to identify them? Seems reliable.

  14. dennis says:

    @L.Long excellent excellent! men will follow the nucky. sorry I just had to say nucky again. it has been a long time sense I had heard that term for IT. see we follow IT.