New Delhi: Amid growing protests against the Supreme Court’s order which allowed women of all age groups to enter into the Sabarimala temple, the Travancore Devaswom Board on Monday invited the representatives of Pandalam Royal Family, Sabarimala priests, priests’ organisation and Hindu organisations for a meeting tomorrow. The meeting will be held at Devaswom board office in Trivandrum, news agency ANI reported. A protest march led by BJP is also being carried out in Thiruvananthapuram against the Supreme Court’s verdict. Also Read - Kerala Airport Gold Smuggling Case to be Investigated by NIA, Says Home Ministry
The top court had also declined urgent hearing on a review petition filed against its verdict. The court on Tuesday had said that the “review petition will come up for hearing in due course of time”. Two petitions – filed by National Ayyappa Devotees Association and the Nair Service Society (NSS) – were filed in the top court on Monday seeking review of its judgment, contending that it was “absolutely untenable and irrational”. Also Read - Kerala Woman Helps Blind Man Get Into a Bus, Twitter Says 'World Exists Due to Such Kind Souls' | Watch Viral Video
The temple doors will open tomorrow for its routine monthly pujas. Kerala on Sunday witnessed mass protests against the state government’s move to implement the Supreme Court’s order.
Thousands of Lord Ayyappa devotees took to the streets in Kochi on Saturday. The faithful, a large number of women, had urged both the Central and the state governments to intervene in the matter to protect the sanctity of the centuries-old rituals and traditions of the hill shrine.
Meanwhile, the Kerala Police on Saturday registered a case against actor Kollam Thulasi for saying that “women who dare to enter Sabarimala temple should be torn into two pieces”. The FIR against him was filed by Ratheesan, a local leader of DYFI, the youth wing of the CPI(M). The actor was booked under Sections 295A (outraging religious feelings), 298 (uttering words with an intention to wound religious sentiments), 354A (making sexually coloured remarks) of the IPC.
A member of the Shiv Sena Kerala unit, Peringammala Aji had told ANI that their women squad will gather near the Pamba River on October 17 and 18 as part of their so-called suicide group. “Our women activists will gather near the Pamba River on October 17 and 18 as part of a suicide group. When any young woman tries to enter Sabarimala, our activists will commit suicide,” Aji had said.
A five-judge constitution bench headed by then Chief Justice Dipak Misra, had, in its verdict, said banning the entry of women into the shrine was gender discrimination and that the practice violated rights of Hindu women.
The Sabarimala temple, located in Kerala’s Pathanamthitta district, is dedicated to the Hindu deity Ayyappan. The temple management considers the deity to be eternal celibate which debarred women from entering the temple.