The LDF government’s proposed plan to forcibly take young women in the age-group of 10-50 years may lead to a showdown between devotees and the police. Huge posse of police force has been deployed ahead of temple opening on November 5. Sabarimala Karma Samiti, organisation spearheading the movement for protecting the tradition associated with Sabarimala, has requested media organisations to refrain from deputing women journalists in the fertile age groups for reporting in Sabarimala.
According to the Samiti, the devotees would take up peaceful protest across the country. A statement issued by the Samiti said, “The devotees belonging to all denominations in Kerala and other parts of the country and even outside the country are on a path of continuous and unabated agitation subsequent to the Supreme Court judgement granting entry to young women at the Sabarimala Temple against the wish of the large majority of devotees. Even though the Supreme Court has decided to hear the review and writ petitions on November 13, the state government is intentionally ignoring the mass movement against the judgment and is trying to hastily enforce the judgment using police force. Under the above circumstances the devotees are left with no other choice but to continue with the peaceful agitation.”
The statement further said, “The whole issue is about the adamant stand of the state government in forcibly bringing in young women aged between 10 and 50 years which is against the age-old traditions and customs of the Sabarimala temple. Even the entry of women journalists from media belonging to this age group as part of their job is also likely to aggravate the situation. Recognizing your right to support or oppose the devotees stand on this issue, we hope you will not take a stand which would aggravate the situation.”