KOCHI: The Kerala High Court on Monday directed the Guruvayur Devaswom Board to deploy sufficient number of permanent women staff for crowd management duty within the temple premises, particularly within the Nalambalam.
The court observed if a dearth of sufficient women staff was felt by the Devaswom, it should be informed to the District Police Chief, to make available a sufficient number of Hindu women civil police officers.
The court issued the order on the petition filed by Jayasree Manoj of Kaloor, Ernakulam, seeking a directive to the Guruvayur Devaswom to stop molestation of women devotees by male employees (Kaval) employed by the administrator inside the sanctum of the temple.
The court directed the temple authorities to ensure no pushing/pulling/groping of women devotees by any of the male employees takes place. The counsel for the Devaswom Board submitted because of the heavy crowd, it may require persuading the devotees, standing in the queue, to proceed further without staying for long in front of the sanctum sanctorum.
The order stated, if the necessity of deploying sufficient number of permanent woman employees is not realised by the Devaswom, it is their fault. The bench said “We are not much impressed with the submission of the Board that it had taken a tentative decision to request some voluntary organisations to make available sufficient number of women volunteers.”