Protests in Sabarimala continues on fourth day
October 21, 2018
Sabarimala is gripped under riots on the fourth day after women tried entering the main shrine. Supreme Court had already lifted the centuries old ban regarding women under menstrual age not entering the temple. But political parties, temple authorities and Ayyappa devotees are adamant on barring women from entering the main shrine. On Friday, a 52 year old woman was allowed entry into the temple. Initially, protestors denied entry. But they soon allowed her to walk past after realising that she had crossed 50 years of age.
Meanwhile, the Kerala government clearly stated that they support the Supreme Court order. On Thursday, Sabarimala temple authorities and priests created a human barricade to deny entry of women into the shrine. They even closed the main shrine and refused to do the 'poojas'. The Pandalam Palace Trust, which belongs to Pandalam royal family, has asked temple authorities to shut down the temple if any ritual was broken. Pandalam royal family is believed to be kinship of Lord Ayyappa.
A nine year old girl named Janani from Madurai was seen holding a placard in front of Sabarimala. It said that she will enter the temple only after she is 50 years of age!
The Supreme Court has asked southern states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh to tighten security. Law makers have stated that those who cause harm to the law and order of the country will be put behind bars.