a) Travancore Devasom Board – the administering body of the Sabarimala temple - against the entry of women of reproductive age in the temple
b) State of Kerala – filed an affidavit supporting the entry of menstruating women inside the temple
d) Chief Thantrhi – head priest of the Sabarimala temple - in support of the existing tradition
President - Karan Singh Chandiok (his father was appointed addl
Solicitor General by the UPA)
It is believed that Indira Jaisingh is their adviser whose NGO’s foreign funding was stopped by central government
- to paint the issue as something to do entirely with gender discrimination alone is misleading as the restriction was on the basis of age, not gender
- majority of women who are true devotees of Ayyappa voluntarily accept the restriction
- tradition at Sabarimala is linked to Naishteeka Brahmacharya of Bhagwaan Ayyappa
- fundamental rights (article 26) including the right to retain diversity in matters of faith was neglected by the SC which is a travesty
1. Do these judges have appetite to understand the tradition?
2. Have they had any personal association to any of the similar pilgrimage centre?
3. Do they have any local link with Sabarimala?
4. Have they consulted Hindu religious leaders before the verdict?
Mostly non-Hindus – Muslim, Christian or atheist who had no faith in Hindu religion.
These women (activists) want to enter the temple to -
- insult Hindus & their beliefs
- hog the limelight
- gain cheap publicity
1. Rehana Fatima - well known for her controversial background. She carried a stained Sanitary napkin and intended to throw it in the sanctum sanctorum on Lord Ayyappa himself
3. Kavitha Jakkala, a Hyderabad-based news anchor
4. Libi CS atheist - a story published on her website Newsgil, which said that if Ayyappa’s lust was awakened because of women devotees entering the temple, they would prescribe medicine
6. Suhasini Raj from Delhi. She along with her colleague, a foreign national, tried to enter the temple on the second day but were stopped midway by angry protesters who formed a human wall before her
It is nothing but a blatant disrespect of the sentiments of the vast majority of Hindus living in the state.