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Supreme Court denies requests for early hearing of Sabarimala case

November 2, 2018

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of India denied requests for an early hearing on the Sabarimala case seeking for a review on the order of allowing women inside the temple. The top court said that the bench of justices will hear the case as scheduled on 13 November at 3 pm. SC said that all that the petitioners have to do is to wait for their turn! Over nineteen petitions were filed by various parties asking the top court to review the order.

On 28 September, Supreme Court of India allowed the entry of women into the Sabarimala. This temple had barred entry of women of menstruating age since the past few decades pointing out that Lord Ayyappa, the main deity of the shine is celibate. The order was out to implementation from 14 October. But no women devotees have been able to enter the temple from then due to angry protestors, devotees and temple authorities. There were protests and shutdowns across Kerala when a few women tried to enter the shrine.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan from the CPI (M) party had clearly pointed out that the state will abide by Supreme Court orders. He also added that those who stand against the constitution will have to face the consequences.

Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah, who recently visited Kerala, criticised the state government for its stand. He said that the BJP government stands with devotees and will pull down the CPI (M) government. Vijayan replied to this statement.

The remarks of BJP President Amit Shah in Kannur are an attack on Supreme Court, Indian Constitution and our judicial system. Amit Shah, who threatened to oust the LDF Government, must remember that this Government did not come to power at the mercy of BJP but with the support of the people of this state. It must also be noted that the BJP leader dared to threaten a democratically elected Government because it stood by Supreme Court verdict and its commitment to protect fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution- Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of Kerala

Social media was flooded with tweets and posts mocking at Ayyappa devotees and protestors who blindly abide by traditions.

"So till 2016, the Ayyappa Swami Temple was known as the Dharmashastha temple. Dharmashastha had two wives Purna and Pushkala and also a son called Sathyakan. So what exactly is this celibacy issue of Ayyappan that we are talking about?!- tweeted Swami Sharanam, Twitter user.

On Wednesday, Vijayan called for a high-end meeting with ministers from Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in order to discuss about the arrangements to be made for the annual pilgrimage at Sabarimala. But no ministers participated in the meeting. Instead, they sent government officials to take part. Instead of Vijayan, Kerala Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran headed the meeting.

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