Sabarimala will become sex tourism spot if women are allowed, says temple board chief; comment slammed for misogyny

The entry of women inside the temple will turn the temple as “spot for sex tourism like Thailand” the chief of Sabarimala temple board was quoted saying.

Published: 14th October 2017 01:36 PM  |   Last Updated: 14th October 2017 05:38 PM   |  A+A-

Sabarimala temple. | File Photo

By Online Desk

If women are allowed in the Sabarimala shrine, it will become a spot for sex tourism, says the head of the Kerala temple's board.

The comments came after Supreme Court on Friday referred to a five-judge constitution bench, the question on whether Sabarimala, where entry of women from the age of 10 to 50 (ie women of menstruating age) has been traditionally banned, should be opened to women devotees. 

The entry of women inside the temple will turn the temple as “spot for sex tourism like Thailand”, Prayar Gopalakrishnan is quoted as saying in a report by Hindustan TimesAdding to that, he also said it would lead to immoral activities and the safety of the women would be in question.

The misogynistic comment from the head of the shrine was criticised by Kerala minister Surendran who said, “I don’t know how he made such a foolish comparison. He insulted women and pilgrims alike. He should withdraw his statement and tender an apology."

Earlier too the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB)chief was quoted questioning the 'purity' of women, which resulted in protest on a large scale by activists. Ironically, Kerala’s Sabarimala temple says on its website that it allows people of all religions and castes to pray inside. But not women.

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