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Kerala Government: Women activists won’t be allowed inside Sabarimala Temple

Until any legal intervention by the Supreme Court the Kerala Government intends to honor the age-old customs of the Sabarimala Temple

Kerala, December 26, 2016: The Kerala government today announced that the entry of Bhumata Brigade chief Trupti Desai will not be allowed in the Lord Ayyappa temple here, even as the activist plans to lead 100 odd women to the famous hill shrine in Sabarimala.

The entry of women between 10-50 years is strictly prohibited in the temple.

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Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran told reporters,”The Sabarimala temple is administered by Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) and its traditions and rules are applicable to everyone. The matter with regard to entry of women of all age groups is already before the Supreme Court. There will be no change in the tradition and customs until a decision is taken by the Supreme Court.”

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Last month the enthusiasts took an initiative to file an affidavit in the Supreme Court demanding the right of women of all ages to be allowed to enter the religious institution.

It was recently mentioned by Trupti Desai that she would be visiting the Lord Ayyappa temple next month with 100 odd activists and there was no change in her plans.

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Desai had earlier rallied for the allowance of women at places like Shani Shingnapur, Trimbakeshwar Shiva temple and Haji Ali dargah.

– prepared by Durba Mandal of NewsGram with PTI inputs. Twitter: @dubumerang

 

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