Two Women Who Entered Sabarimala Temple Move To SC To Seek Protection; Court To Hear Plea Tomorrow
Scare of threats, attacks and abuses the two women- Kanakadurga and Bindu, aged below 50 who entered Sabarimala Temple on January 2, approached the Supreme Court to seek police protection for themselves. The two demanded protection and action against protesters who are indulging in violence. They reached the court after one of the two women- Kanakadurga was attacked by her mother-in-law after she returned from her visit to Sabarimala. Meanwhile, the Chief Justice Of India, Ranjan Gogoi has agreed to hear the urgent petition filed by the two on January 18.
According to The Hindu, on January 16, Thursday, senior advocate Indira Jaising representing the two women told the apex court headed by Chief Justice that the matter is for the urgent hearing. She said that the women should be provided with a safe space to live in at a secret address as to protect them from the threats.
The advocate also informed the bench that of the two women one was a law teacher while the other one is a government employee.
While talking about every women’s rights to enter the temple Jaising in her petition said that women of every age should be allowed to enter the temple without any hindrance, without danger to life and liberty and police security to women wishing to enter Sabarimala temple in future”.
The petition further said that the temple authorities should “not conduct the rite of purification or shut down the temple” as they did after the two women entered the temple earlier this month. It said that such actions from the side of the temple authorities violate the fundamental rights of life, dignity, freedom of religion and freedom from discrimination of any women.
The woman attacked
The advocate also mentioned about one of the women who was attacked by her relative at home after returned back home. She said that the two women are scared for their lives.
Days after, 39-year-old Kanakadurga returned from her visit to the temple she was attacked by her mother-in-law with a wooden plank. Kanakadurga, who works as a civil supplies employee was admitted to a hospital in Perinthalmanna in Malappuram district.
The two women had entered the Sabarimala temple after the SC court’s historic verdict on September 28, last year allowing women of all age to enter Sabarimala. The SC’s verdict triggered many protests in Kerala.
Board seeks time to implement verdict
Another petition has been filed in the SC by the Travancore Devaswom Board. The petition that has been filed recently says that about 1,000 women had registered their names to visit the Lord Ayyappa shrine. However, the Board cannot have denied taking responsibility for their security against the “acts of hooliganism and assault” by protesters in and around the Sabarimala premises. The Board has asked for more time from the SC to implement the judgment that allowed the entry of women for all age (including women of menstruating age 10-50).