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Sabarimala Temple Protest: Police Files Case Against Malayalam Actor Kollam Thulasi Over His Speech

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| October 13 , 2018 , 12:38 IST

A day after a threatful speech delivered by Malayalam actor Kollam Thulasi, saying that any women who attempt to enter Sabarimala temple should be ripped apart, Police have registered a case against him for the speech on Saturday.

Thulasi in his speech had said, "Women coming to Sabarimala temple should be ripped in half. One half should be sent to Delhi and one half should be thrown to Kerala Chief Minister office."

Thulasi had delivered the speech while addressing a rally led by BJP Kerala president PS Sreedharan Pilla.

When Pillai was questioned about Thulasi’s speech, Pillai was quoted by The News Minute as saying, “It is a mass protest, a lot of people take part in it. Not all of them would inform us what they were going to speak and seek our consent. Thulasi is associated with an Ayyappa devotee group in Kollam and hence he spoke.”

Thulasi a supporter of the BJP was their candidate in the 2015 assembly polls.

Thulasi said, “The mothers (elderly woman) taking part in the protest against the judgment should go to Sabarimala. Then those women should rip apart the ones who try to enter the temple.”

Also Read: Lord Ayyappa Devotees Protest Over Women's Entry Into Sabarimala Temple

Thulasi also said that the four judges who delivered the verdict on Sabarimala temple allowing women of all ages to enter the temple are idiots. 

On September 28, a five-judge constitutional bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice RF Nariman, Justice Khanwilkar, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Indu Malhotra had scrapped Rule 3(b) of the Kerala Hindu Places of Public Worship (Authorisation of Entry) Rules, 1965, which authorises restriction on women “of menstruating age”.

Keeping in view that equality is the fundamental right of each and every citizen and an integral part of our constitution, the bench had observed “What applies to a man applies to a woman's well” and that once you open something for the public, anyone can go.

JI Dipak Misra reading out the verdict had said, "Women no way inferior to men. On one hand, women are worshipped as Goddesses, but there are restrictions on the other hand. Relationship with God can't be defined by biological or physiological factors."

"Devotees of Lord Ayyappa are Hindus, don't constitute a separate religious denomination. No physiological and biological factor can be given legitimacy if it doesn't pass the test of conditionality. Restrictions put by Sabarimala temple can't be held as essential religious practice," he added.