Women at Shani Shingnapur will increase rape cases: Twitter mocks Shankaracharya Swaroopanand

'By that logic there should have been no rape in the 400 yrs of this ban,' one user said as Twitterati lashed out against Shankaracharya Swaroopanand

FP Staff April 11, 2016 10:43:46 IST
Women at Shani Shingnapur will increase rape cases: Twitter mocks Shankaracharya Swaroopanand

If you thought the debate over drought or women’s right to enter temples cannot get any worse, well, think again. Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati of Dwaraka-Sharda Peeth has taken the debate to a new low with his statements on the cause and effect of these "calamities".

According to him, the reason Maharashtra is experiencing drought is because Sai Baba is revered in the state, reported ANI. “Sai Baba is revered in Maharashtra especially Shirdi, that’s why it (drought) is happening,” he was quoted as saying.

“Calamity strikes and such places suffer drought, flood, death or fear, where those unworthy of worship are worshipped. Maharashtra is currently facing all of these," he said, according to The Times Of India report.

Women at Shani Shingnapur will increase rape cases Twitter mocks Shankaracharya Swaroopanand

Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati. IBNLive

If that wasn’t weird enough, Shankaracharya is also against allowing women to enter the Shani Shingneshwar temple, according to ANI. And now that they have breached its inner sanctum, “incidents of rapes will increase further”. Really? What about the fact that men have always entered the inner sanctum? Did that increase the rate of crimes against them?

Then again, why expect any kind of logic from the Shankaracharya. Wasn’t he one of the few people who spoke out against the RSS’ decision to change their uniform from shorts to full pants? “Today they are changing their dress. Tomorrow they may change their core ideology,” Saraswati was quoted by the Hindustan Times as saying.

Of course, the Shankaracharya’s statements had the Twitterati blowing up, making him a trending topic for quite some time on the microblogging site. While many were against him, a few also tweeted in support of the seer.

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