The Apex Court’s verdict on Sabarimala temple, which vanished the prohibition of females’ entry in the temple belonging to particular age group, had ignited anguish in hundreds of Ayyappa devotees, including women. The devotees blocked state and national highways in various parts of Kerala on Tuesday, reflecting anger on the judgment made by the Supreme court.
The Top court made a historic judgement and permitted women of all ages to worship at Sabarimala.
One of the female activist named Ambili from Idukki tried to burn herself by splashing petrol over herself but was immediately stopped by police.
On October 28, the Supreme court’s five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra vanished the prohibition on entry of women of menstrual age into the temple.
The activists demanded the state and central government to come up with suitable legislation and said that the court was not bigger than Lord Ayyappa through the posters.
The protests were carried out at different places in the state, the Ayyappa Dharma Samrakshana Samithi carried the protest under the leadership of the Pandalam Royal family in Pandalam in Pathanamthitta district on Tuesday. They even observed it as ‘Ayyappa Dharma Samrakshana’ (Save Lord Ayyappa) day.
President of Ayyappa Dharma Sena, Rahul Easwar also carried out a protest against the verdict from Hanuman Kovil to Palayam.
The activists blocked the roads at Alappuzha, Kollam,Palakkad, and Kochi to show anguish against the verdict.
Whereas a protest was also observed from the medical mission junction to the Pandalam Ayyappa temple. The protest was joined by thousands of people, including women and activists chanted ‘Ayyappa Sarnam’ and asked for a review of the Supreme Court’s decision.