A religious leader from Gujarat has said that menstruating women who cook food for their husbands will be reborn as dogs in their next life, while men consuming food prepared by women having periods will reborn as bullocks, as per religious texts, says Swami Krushnaswarup Dasji of Swaminarayan Temple in Bhuj, Gujrat. He spoke these controversial words while delivering a sermon.
Swami Krushnaswarup Dasji is associated with the Swaminarayan Temple which runs a college whose staff had allegedly forced more than 60 girls to remove their undergarments to check if they were menstruating. The Swami belongs to Nar-Narayan Devgadi of SwamiNarayan Sect.
“Women do not realise that 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.
The time and place of the video clip cannot be known. Such videos of sermons 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.
SSGI, a self-financed college having its own hostel for girls, is run by a trust of the Swaminarayan Temple, Bhuj. According to girl students, the incident took place on February 11 when more than 60 students were taken to the washroom by a woman staffer and made to remove their undergarments to check if they were menstruating.
A probe by the Krantiguru Shyamji Krishna Verma Kutch University had revealed that the girls were checked because the hostel has a rule that girls having their periods are not supposed to take meals with other inmates.