New Delhi: Revolutionary Socialist Party’s Member of Parliament NK Premachandran will introduce a private member bill today in Lok Sabha to restore the status quo of the practices of Sabarimala temple in Kerala as existed on September 1, 2018. Also Read - Sabarimala Temple Prepares To Reopen For Annual Mandalam-Makaravilakku Season, Kerala Govt Urges to Follow COVID-19 Protocols
Kerala Devaswom Board minister, Kadakampally Surendran said that if customs and traditions can be protected by law then it is good and it is not appropriate to drag devotees to the streets. Also Read - Sabarimala Temple to Reopen For 5 Days From October 16 Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, 250 People Allowed in a Day
“Earlier too, we had requested Centre to pass legislation regarding this,” said the minister. Also Read - SP Balasubrahmanyam Health: Sabarimala Temple Performs Musical Puja For The Recovery of Renowned Singer
He said that the centre should take immediate action to make a law and if that takes time then an Ordinance should be brought based on which the government can function or proceed further.
In February, the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB), which manages Sabarimala shrine, had changed its stand and told the Supreme Court that women of all age groups should be allowed to offer prayers at Lord Ayyappa temple.
Earlier on September 28, 2018, a five-judge Constitution bench, headed by the then CJI Dipak Misra, in a 4:1 verdict had paved the way for the entry of women of all ages into the shrine, saying the ban amounted to gender discrimination.