Bhuj, February 19: Supporters of Swami Krushnaswarup Dasji of Swaminarayan Bhuj Mandir on Wednesday took out a rally in support of him in Kutch after he faced criticism for his remark on menstruating women. The preacher had allegedly said that if a woman on her periods cooks food for her statement then she will be reborn as "kutri (bitch)". Women Cooking Food During Menstruation Will be Reborn As Kutri (Bitch), Says Swami Krushnaswarup Dasji of Swaminarayan Bhuj Mandir.

"If you eat food prepared by a menstruating woman even once then your next avatar will definitely be that of an ox," the spiritual leader said, adding "A menstruating woman who cooks food for her husband will certainly be reborn as a "kutri (bitch)." Bhuj College Girls Allegedly Forced to Remove Undergarments to Prove They Weren't Menstruating After Hostel Warden Reports Students Entered ‘Temple and Kitchen’.

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Justifying his statement, Swami Krushnaswarup Dasji said that these are the rule outlined in "Shastras". He also said that men should learn to make food so that menstruation women don't break their dharma.

Earlier, 60 tribal girl students, living in a hostel of a college run by followers of Swaminarayan in Bhuj, were allegedly forced by college authorities to remove their undergarments to check if they weren't menstruating. After the incident came to light, the college Principal, hostel rector and peon were suspended.

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