In a shocking statement, Swami Krushnaswarup Dasji of the Swami Narayan Sect, on Tuesday (February 18), said that if menstruating women cook food for their husbands, they will be born as dogs in their next lives. In the same breath, he has also added that men taking such food will be reborn as bullocks.
In a video which has gone viral, he is found saying in Gujarati, “Menstruating women who cook food for their husbands will take birth as dogs in their next lives while men consuming food prepared by women having periods will be reborn as bullocks, as per religious texts.”
In the same Sermon, he has also said, “I don’t care if you do not like my views, but this is all written in our Shastras (scriptures).”
Emphasising that women don’t realise that menstruation is like “Tapasya”, he has also called upon men to learn cooking. ” Women do not realise that the period of menstruation is like doing Tapasya (penance). This is written in our Shastras. Even I do not like to tell you all these things, but I have to warn you. Men should learn cooking…It will help you,” he said.
These utterances were part of a sermon delivered in Gujarati by Swami of Swaminarayan Temple in Bhuj, Gujarat. The swami belongs to “Nar-Narayan Devgadi” of the Swami Narayan sect.
“The time and place of the video clip couldn’t be established. Such sermon videos are available on the temple’s dedicated YouTube channel.
As per the website of the Swaminarayan Temple, Krushnaswarup Dasji was initiated, in the order, in the year 1995.
Shree Sahajanand Girls Institute (SSGI), a self-finance college having its own hostel for girls, is run by a trust of the Swaminarayan Temple at Bhuj. The principal and female staff of the college were arrested for allegedly forcing more than 60 girls to remove their undergarments to check if they were menstruating after they reportedly broke a hostel rule that disallows girls having periods from having meals with other inmates”.
The arrest of Principal Rita Raninga, hostel rector Ramilaben Hirani, college peon Naina Gorasiya and one Anita Chauhan were effected by the police under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) after a probe by the Krantiguru Shyamji Krishna Verma Kutch University revealed that the girls were checked.