NEW DELHI: As protests of the Supreme Judgment of Women in the Sabarimala Temple continue in Kerala, the weekend is…
NEW DELHI: As protests of the Supreme Judgment of Women in the Sabarimala Temple continue in Kerala, the weekend is still beyond the limit of women in the age group 10-50. The administration had to impose restrictions on Thursday that continues on Friday to ensure that no unfortunate event does not take place. Here are the best developments so far:
* The two women who had arrived at the Sabarimala Temple will return and will be escorted by the police, according to IG S Sreejith, between the police and the protesters.
* IG said that the two women, a journalist and a devotee expressed their willingness to return and receive full protection.
* Tantri said he was happy with the development when he spoke to TOI. “I would have closed the temple if some women between the ages of 1
0-50 years came in. My responsibility is to respect and support the believers,” he said.
* In the past, the priests also went on Friday when they sang Ayyappa mantra and asked the two women to return. Sabarimala chief Tantri Kandararu Rajeevaru had said that he will close the temple and give the keys to the Devaswom Board if the women climb the 18 steps leading to the temple.
* On Thursday, a New Delhi-based reporter of a foreign media outlet made a failed bid to visit the sanctuary. The woman was back by protesters despite a police band and banned orders in place.
* Earlier on Wednesday, a woman’s devotion was forced from Andhra Pradesh, who attempted the trip, to return similarly to the threat of angry protests.
* With protesters continuing to ignore the order of the Supreme Court, the administration imposed a curfew in Illavungal and Sannidanam areas on Thursday, which will remain in effect until Friday.
* The Pathanamthitta District Administration imposed a ban on section 144 for two days, but two and three-year protesters dressed in the pilgrims’ traditional black and with irumudikettu (sacrifice to God Ayyappa) on their heads caused problems in several places on Thursday.
* On Tuesday, the demonstrators and checked vehicles, including state buses, stopped and forced female passengers into the age group 10-50 years.
* The 12-hour hartal called by right-wing Hindu organizations, under the Karmaseva Samithi band, slowed down on pilgrimages on Thursday. State buses, as a majority of pilgrims use, did not work until noon on Thursday after buses were attacked and injured the day before. Taxis stopped outside roads that dreaded attacks.
* At Nilackal, the members of Bharatiya Yuva Morcha broke off and took a march. They were arrested on Thursday afternoon.
* Buses were injured at Kuttippuram, Chamravattom and Kalachal. A bus driver was injured. Two police officers were also injured in violence near Tanur.
* Sabarimla chief priest, Kandaru Rajeevaru on Thursday appealed to the women, belonging to the age group 10-50, which was limited according to the centuries-old traditions in the sanctuary, not to come to Sannidhanam and to create problems.
* The Government of the State has claimed that it was required to perform the Supreme Court order.
* The LDF government also accused BJP, RSS and the congress of hanging in “double talk” and playing “dirty games” over the Sabarimala issue.
* RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said on Thursday that the Supreme Judgment did not take into account the nature and the prerequisite of the tradition accepted by society and has led to “fragmentation” in society.
* On September 28, a five-judge constitution bench of SC, led by then highest justice Dipak Misra, lifted the century-old ban on women’s income in the menstrual age to the sanctuary.