KOCHI: The family of beleaguered Rahul Easwar on Tuesday came out in his support. In a statement issued by Rahul, which was vetted by his counsel, his grandmother, mother and wife reiterated they stood by their stand on the Sabarimala issue.
“We believe in the sanctity of the age-old rituals and practices of the temple,” said his grandmother. “I too was arrested on October 17 when we protested against the entry of young women into the temple. Please, don’t quote us out of context,” said the statement issued by Devaki Antharjanam.
She said, “Rahul is my grandson and I have firm belief in his thinking. For me, all my grandkids are important and I love each of them equally.” The only difference in opinion in his family is regarding his decision to take part in a reality show. His mother Mallika Namboothiri and wife Deepa Rahul Easwar came out in support of Rahul. His mother said, “All the allegations made against Rahul are false. We don’t believe it.” She said all these allegations are being made in order to prevent Rahul from travelling to Sabarimala on November 5.
Meanwhile, his wife Deepa said she doesn’t believe in the allegations raised against him under the #metoo campaign. According to her, Rahul had been in a relationship from 2002 to 2010. She said we got married in 2010. “All the allegations of baseless and do not carry weight.”
According to Rahul, the state government should stop targetting Ayyappa devotees.
“The government is arresting innocent people. Of the 3,500 arrested by the police, a majority are common people. If this is the way things go, I think around 4,000 to 5,000 people will land in jail,” he said.“I am expecting more allegations to surface between November 5 and 13. This is a part of a conspiracy to break our agitation,” he said. He refuted all allegations.