Sabarimala highlights: Dalit activist SP Manju denied special security cover; decides to return home

Manju had met the police officers at the Pampa station and sought police protection, saying that she wanted to pay darshan to Lord Ayyappa.

Published: 20th October 2018 03:23 PM  |   Last Updated: 20th October 2018 08:14 PM   |  A+A-

Sabarimala shrine.(EPS |BP DEEPU)

By Online Desk

SP Manju (38), the Kerala Dalit Mahila Federation President, has abandoned her attempt to visit Sabarimala after being denied the special security cordon. Inspector General Sreejith had said the heavy rain in Sabarimala made it very difficult for his team to attempt the trek and this was conveyed to Manju. 

Manju, who has allegedly been named in as many as 14 criminal cases decided to head back home a short while later. 

Earlier, Manju had met the police officers at the Pampa station and sought protection, saying that she wanted to pay darshan to Lord Ayyappa.

The intelligence department then began verifying her antecedents before senior officers finally decided that they can't throw the special security cordon around her "because of the heavy rain".

Manju hails from Chathnoor in Kollam. She had come dressed in traditional attire and was carrying the irumudi kettu, consisting of coconut, camphor, incense stick, row rice and flowers, according to reports. She had insisted that her visit was as a devotee wanting to have a darshan of Lord Ayyappa and not as an activist.


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  • hari

    Ritual age to visit Sabarimala was 60 years. Then government had decided to increase women in seek of money to the shrine to increase donations.1990 it had happened.
    2 years ago reply
  • C.S.Rangarajan

    It is time for the Apex Court to reexamine its own judgment in the light of the incidents which prove beyond doubt that 'unity in diversity is not a reality'.
    2 years ago reply
  • jayashree

    I don't think a real devotee will turn up to sabarimala at this time by hurting the sentiments of other devotees and the tradition of the temple. No true devotee can pray to God by over riding and dis respecting he age-old traditions of the temple.
    2 years ago reply
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