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Section 144 extended in Sabarimala till 8 December

December 7, 2018

Section 144 has been extended in Sabarimala till 8 December midnight. It has been imposed in Nilakkal and Pamba areas. Section 144 prohibits assembly of four or more people in a place. The decision was taken based on the reports by a special officer and additional magistrate in-charge. The orders were issued on 17 November and were supposed to be implemented only till Wednesday midnight.

A monitoring committee had already visited Sabarimala to see how the situations are. The committee also had to ensure that the devotees who are visiting the hill shrine do not have to face any hassles.

Opposition parties BJP and UDF have been holding hunger strikes and protests asking the government to lift the ban. Kerala governor Palanisamy Sathasivan tweeted that the demand for lifting the section has already reached him.

An eight member BJP delegation led by Ms.Saroj Pandey MP& National General Secretary,@BJP4India met me at Kochi and submitted a petition demanding the lifting of Prohibitory orders (144) in and around Sabarimala- Palanisamy Sathasivam

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. Kerala has also been witnessing communal clashes due to this.

"#Section144 extended till midnight of December 8 in #Sabarimala. The decision has been taken based on the report by the Special Officer and Additional Magistrate in charge", tweeted Digvijay Singh.

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