New Delhi: While there are growing demands for separate toilets for disabled or for people belonging to the third gender, a Kerala temple has a separate toilet for brahmins. As soon as the photo with its translation was posted on Twitter, the social media platform erupted in protest, which finally forced the temple authorities to do away with the board. Also Read - Expletives Written in Gulal: Photos of Pre-Holi Celebrations in Bengal Varsity go Viral
The temple officials told PTI that the toilets were located out of the main campus and the board came to their notice only now. Also Read - 'Patriotic, Brahmin, Rich Bride Wanted': Twitterati Fumes Over Sexist & Ridiculous Matrimonial Ad
Kannan, an official of the temple committee, said the board was placed nearly two decades ago and nobody raised any complaint against it so far. Also Read - Most Indian Nobel Winners Brahmins; Constitution Prepared By a Brahmin, Says Gujarat Speaker
“That particular toilet was used by priests and other temple employees. We didn’t even notice that board…as soon as we came to know about it, we removed it and affixed a staff-only board,” he told PTI.
Kannan said the shrine and its management was against all kinds of unethical customs. The temple official said they were planning to pursue legal measures against the man who posted the photo of the toilets on social media. “We suspect that he did it deliberately to create issues during the time of the festival and to tarnish the shrine’s reputation. Not only that, the photo he shared was an old one though he claimed that it was taken during the time of the festival, ” he said.