Kerala: Hundreds of women protest SC verdict permitting entry for women of all ages into Sabarimala

The activists held aloft placards, stating that the court was not bigger than Lord Ayyappa and demanded that the state and central government enact suitable legislation to maintain the age old ban.

Published: 02nd October 2018 09:07 PM  |   Last Updated: 02nd October 2018 11:52 PM   |  A+A-

Hundreds of women staging the protest march on Tuesday at Pandalam holy town against the Supreme Court verdict which allowed the women of menstruating age to enter the Sabarimala hill shrine. Photo | EPS/Shaji Vettipuram)

By PTI

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM/PANDALAM: Hundreds of Ayyappa devotees, including women, blocked state and national highways in various parts of Kerala Tuesday protesting the recent Supreme Court verdict, permitting women of all ages to worship at the hill shrine at Sabarimala.

The 'Antarrashtriya Hindu Parishad' (International Hindu organisation), an outfit launched by Praveen Togadia after being sidelined from the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, was among the outfits which launched the protests.

In the state capital, the activists squatted on the road at Killipalam from 11 AM to 12 AM, chanting Ayyappa mantras, but allowed ambulances and vehicles carrying patients to pass.

Ambili, a woman activist from Idukki, doused herself with petrol, but was immediately whisked away by police.

The activists held aloft placards, stating that the court was not bigger than Lord Ayyappa and demanded that the state and central government enact suitable legislation to maintain the age old ban.

On October 28, a five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra lifted the ban on entry of women of menstrual age into the shrine.

Rahul Easwar, activist and President of Ayyappa Dharma Sena, took out a march from Hanuman Kovil to Palayam here.

In Pandalam in Pathnamthitta district, the Ayyappa Dharma Samrakshana Samithi led a march under the leadership of the Pandalam Royal family and observed Tuesday as 'Ayyappa Dharma Samrakshana' (Save Lord Ayyappa) day.

A march was taken out from the medical mission junction to the Pandalam Ayyappa temple, in which thousands of people, including women took part, chanting 'Ayyappa Sarnam' and demanded a review of the Supreme Court verdict.

The Pandalam Palace Nirvahaka Sangam denied some social media reports that the Pandalam palace would not hand over the "thiruvabharanam" (sacred ornaments worn by Lord Ayyappa) to temple authorities during the Makaravilakku festival, to protest against the court verdict.

Roads were blocked at Kollam, Alapuzha, Palakkad and Kochi.

The AHP said it would also begin taking signatures from believers visiting temples against the verdict.



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  • Thyaga

    This really is large-scale, organized contempt of Supreme Court. The best place for it would have been in Delhi, at Supreme Court's doorstep.
    4 years ago reply
  • Rn RN

    Indians do not want to come out of mess. If court gives a justified statement they will protest. If there is no justice they will protest. Politics and religion combines will lead country to a catastrophe .
    4 years ago reply
    • Bidisha Ghosh

      That's what Today's Indian Politics is meant for. Seeking for their own vested interest
      4 years ago reply
  • KISHEN G V

    Good response by women
    4 years ago reply
  • S Sharma

    About time. The judiciary is not allowed to make these decisions. Elected legislators can.
    4 years ago reply
  • Caffeinated

    Well
    4 years ago reply
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