Thiruvananthapuram: Pandalam Palace Trust on Thursday said that it will not allow women to enter the Sabarimala temple during their periods. After meeting Pinarayi Vijayan, Pandalam erstwhile royal Shashi Verma said that since the government can’t do anything due to the Supreme Court’s order, “CM is saying that the Pandalam can” to not allow women to enter Sabarimala. Also Read - Trending News Today March 16, 2020: Kerala Gets Prisoners to Make Face Masks to Manage Shortage Among Coronavirus Crisis, Netizens Praise
“We must ensure that women during periods don’t come to Sabarimala temple. Since SC order is there, the government can’t do anything directly legally. So, CM (Pinarayi Vijayan) is saying you can take action not to allow women and advise them not to come,” Pandalam erstwhile royal Shashi Verma said. Also Read - Trending News Today, March 15, 2020: Kerala Teacher Visits Student’s Home to Deliver Mid-day Meal Amid Coronavirus, Adorable Picture Wins the Internet
CM Vijayan today met the representatives of the Pandalam palace to see if the plan, to arrange separate days to let women enter the Sabarimala, could be implemented. Also Read - 'Avoid Coming to Sabarimala,' Urges Temple Board as More Coronavirus Cases Surface in Kerala
At the all-party meeting today, during which the Kerala government had hoped to reach a common consensus considering the Supreme Court’s ruling on the entry of women into Sabarimala, CM Vijayan made it clear that the order of the apex court will be implemented despite the protests from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress party.
“It wasn’t a question of devotees, the State is with devotees, no one should have a doubt about it…We don’t have any other way as the law enforcing land,” he said, adding that the devotees will be protected. He further urged the devotees to understand the Kerala government’s compulsion to implement the apex court’s order.
“The Supreme Court clearly says that the September 28 verdict stands. It means that the entry of women should be allowed. Govt cannot take any stand against this verdict. We respect the feelings of the devotees. We are bound to implement the court verdict,” he said. He added that the beliefs cannot be above the fundamental rights of women.