Mangaluru: Opposing the move of Kerala government, which allowed women between the age group of 10 to 50 years to enter Sabarimala temple, Sabarimala Kshetra Samrakshana Samiti launched a campaign 'Save Sabarimala' at the premises of Sharavu temple, on Monday, January 21.
Prior to the public meeting, a huge rally was taken out from Ambedkar Circle, in which hundreds of Ayyappa devotees participated and shouted slogans against the Kerala government.
Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) DK district secretary Shivanand Mendon addressing the protesters said, though Kerala government claims that 51 women had entered Sabarimala temple, there is no truth in it. Though two women-Kanaka Durga and Bindu had paid a visit to the temple, their family members sought apology of Ayyappa devotees. Kanaka Durga's brother openly announced in a public meeting that he would like to seek the apology of public and his sister would be allowed to enter his family only if she apologises for her mistake, he said.
"Though women don't want to enter the temple, the Kerala government is forcing them to enter the temple in order to hurt the religious sentiments of Hindus. If not, why they did not implement some of the other verdicts of Supreme Court so far? Why the Kerala government shows utmost concern over the implementation of Supreme Court's verdict on Sabarimala issue only", he added.
RSS regional chief Prakash P S informed that devotees of Ayyappa should not keep quiet over the issue, which is hurting the religious sentiments of Hindus. "Court unnecessarily is taking long time to probe Sabarimala issue. The verdict of re-petition on Sabarimala issue is likely to come on January 30 and we should show our displeasure until then", he said
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