New Delhi: Weeks after the Supreme Court lifted the age-old tradition that banned the entry of women of menstruating age between 10 and 50 years into the Sabarimala temple, former Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) president said that entry of women will make the Sabarimala “Thailand” and women shouldn’t complain if they get molested. Also Read - Sabarimala Temple Set to Open For Devotees on June 14 For Monthly Puja, Festival From June 19
“I won’t tell any sister to not enter Sabarimala. Whoever wants to come are welcome. But if you come you can get caught by a tiger or man,” he said referring that they may get molested by men. “If young women are allowed to enter Sabarimala, I will not be ready to enter Thailand. The aura or power of Lord Ayyappa will be diminished,” he added. Also Read - 'Avoid Coming to Sabarimala,' Urges Temple Board as More Coronavirus Cases Surface in Kerala
This is not the first time any leading known figure has made controversial remarks on the entry of women in the Sabarimala temple. A few days ago, actor Kollam Thulasi threatened women saying that they should be ripped apart if they try to enter the temple. “Women should be ripped apart; one half should be sent to Delhi and another to the Kerala Chief Minister,” he said. Also Read - Sabarimala Temple Issue: Nine-judge Bench of Supreme Court to Hear Matter From Jan 13
He also said that the four Supreme Court judges, who delivered the verdict, were idiots. He said, “The mothers (elderly woman) taking part in the protest against the judgment should go to Sabarimala. Then those women should rip apart the ones who try to enter the temple.” Thulasi was later booked for his controversial remarks.
A few days ago, the Kerala unit of Shiv Sena threatened to stage mass suicides if women in 10-50 age group are allowed to enter the Sabarimala temple in the state. “Our members will be stationed at various places in and around the temple and if any woman not supposed to enter the temple is granted get access, then their suicide squad members will take their lives,” said senior leader P. Aji.