Sabarimala: Section 144 imposed, Kerala CM blames RSS for violence

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New Delhi, Oct 18: A day after intense protests, the doors of Sabarimala temple opened for the second day on Thursday.

In the wake of violence, the authorities have imposed Section 144 (prohibits assembly of more than 4 people in an area) in Pampa, Nilakkal, Sannidhanam and Elavungal districts.

Meanwhile, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan took Twitter to blame the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) for the outbreak of violence.

“Sabarimala has a uniqueness that other temples lack; it allows entry for people of all faith. Sangh Parivar and RSS have always been intolerant of this fact. They have made many attempts to erase this distinction of Sabarimala”, he tweeted.

All-Kerala Brahmins Association has approached the Supreme Court seeking review of a verdict that allowed entry of women of all ages in Lord Ayappa Temple. The plea says that the verdict suffers from several serious errors that have resulted in a “grave miscarriage of justice” for actual devotees of Ayyappa.

Yesterday, a couple of women devotees were prevented from undertaking the trek to the Lord Ayyappa Temple and some women journalists were stopped from proceeding with their coverage amidst violence.

The temple opened on Wednesday at 5 p.m. for the first time after the Apex Court ruling allowing entry of women aged between 10 and 50.

As part of the convention, the temple opens for five days on the first of every Malayalam month. Devotees can offer prayers till October 22.


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