After Sabarimala Temple Protests, Section 144 Imposed In 4 Places Of Kerala

| October 18 , 2018 , 08:27 IST

In view of the massive protests that took place on the first day of the opening of the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala for women between the ages of 10 and 50 years on Wednesday, the state administration has imposed Section 144 of the CrPC in 4 areas, namely  Sannidhanam, Pamba, Nilakkal, and Elavungal. Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) prohibits assembly of more than 4 people in an area.

Traditionally, women between the ages of 10 and 50 years were barred from entering the Sabarimala temple, however, the Supreme Court in a recent verdict ruled that all women should be allowed to enter the shrine. Despite the Supreme Court directive, not a single woman from the earlier prohibited age group was allowed to reach the temple on Wednesday as protestors blocked women from entering.  

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A total of 30 people have been arrested and 50 others were taken into custody in the Pathanamthitta district, for protesting against the entry of women at the Sabarimala temple. Several women groups were also a part of the protesters, as well as members of the Congress, BJP, Shiv Sena, temple board and tribal groups.

According to Kerala minister EP Jayarajan, 10 state transport buses have been damaged and devotees from other states were beaten up and sent back.

"RSS criminals hid in forests and attacked the Ayyappa devotees. Ten media personnel, 5 devotees and 15 policemen were attacked," Jayarajan said.

Former Travancore Devaswom Board President called for an ordinance to overturn the Supreme Court ruling.

"We demand an ordinance in this regard from both state as well as Centre, especially for Sabrimala Temple," said Prayar Gopalakrishnan, Former Travancore Devaswom Board President.

A devotee at the temple defended the protests and said, "In some temples, there are rituals which must be followed strictly. Court is giving order for all women to enter but from last 50-70 yrs,no women b/w 10-50 yrs of age visited temple. It's our belief which we follow in Hinduism."

The protests took place despite a deployment of a total of 1,000 security personnel, including 800 men and 200 women at the  Nillekal and Pampa base while another 500 security were deployed at Sannidhanam, where the temple is located.