Kerala government tightens security as Sabarimala re-opens on Monday
November 5, 2018
Amidst controversies and protests on women entering Sabarimala, the temple is all set to be re-opened for monthly 'pujas' from Monday. Over 1500 policemen and security personals have been deployed by the state government to ensure that women devotees can enter the temple without any hassles. Section 144 was imposed in Sabarimala and police ensured that there was no large gathering of crowds.
More than 100 women police personals have also been deployed at Pamba, Nilackal, Elavungal, and Sannidhanam which are some of the most sensitive areas. A 20 member commado team has also been set up. Barricades have been set up across the temple to make sure that women devotees are not harassed.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the state government will abide by what the Supreme Court says. Whoever goes against the order of the top most court will have to face consequences.
These attackers are motivated by casteist and feudal ideologies. Encouraging such movements will eventually lead to the banishment of backward classes from places like Sabarimala. All believers must condemn this attack on Sabarimala- Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of Kerala
Many people took to social media to express their opinion in favour of Sabarimala devotees who are protesting.
"#Sabarimala Today when the shrine is going to open, real and regular devotees are monitored whereas fake devotees are protected. Section 144 is not for who disturb sanctity of shrine but for those who peacefully maintain it. Lord Ayyapa has to interfere now", tweeted Sreedhar Bhat.
From past few decades, women of menstruating age were banned from entering Sabarimala, which is abode of Lord Ayyappa who is believed to be celibate. On September 28, the Supreme Court of India ordered that women of menstruating age can enter Sabarimala. After the Supreme Court order, many devotees and political parties came out to protest. A few women who tried to enter the temple were harassed by angry mob.