Kozhikode: In a petition filed at Kerala High Court, four women have sought police protection for entering Sabarimala Temple to offer darshan. They also sought directives from the court for state government to ensure protection to those who face life threats. Also Read - Sabarimala Row: SC Refuses to Entertain Pleas Filed by Two Women Activists; Matter Referred to Larger Constitution Bench
Apart from this, they asked the court to reserve the two days of the puja season exclusively for women to enter the temple. The court is yet to hear the petition. According to a report by CNN-News 18, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan replied to the idea saying, “We’re holding discussion with concerned authorities that whether specific days can be set for women devotees alone.” Also Read - Retired Kerala HC Judge's Security Withdrawn For 'Criticising' Government Policies
Meanwhile, a contempt petition has been filed in the Supreme Court against BJP Kerala President, PS Sreedharan Pillai, Sabarimala temple priest, and 3 others. The petitioners have directly filed the application in the Supreme Court as Solicitor General, Tushar Mehta, declined to sanction their petition. Also Read - Hyderabad Encounter Fallout? Now, 2017 Walayar Case Accused Thrashed by Mob
While considering the petition filed for performing “sayanaprathakshinam” in Sabarimala, the Kerala High Court observed, “Some have vested interests in Sabarimala and cannot be blind to it. The peaceful situation should be restored. All should co-operate for it.” The Kerala Government also filed an affidavit in the High Court in connection with the incidents of violence outside Lord Ayyappa’s shrine. According to the affidavit, “There was no police provocation in Sabarimala. Only criminals who created issues in Sabarimala were arrested.”
On Wednesday, BJP state general secretary K Surendran was granted bail by a Thiruvalla Court. Surendran and his team were arrested after he got into a scuffle with police at Nilakkal base camp on November 17. He was taken into preventive custody for moving towards the temple with a group of people, to an area which was put under Section 144.
Kerala witnessed a series of protests during October, since the time the temple was opened for the first time after the Supreme Court’s order that allowed women of all age group to enter the shrine.
(With Agency inputs)