‘Sabarimala situation worse than emergency,’ says Union minister KJ Alphons


The senior law officer said that the restrictions were necessitated after deliberate attempts by certain groups to create trouble in the hill shrine.

The farmers, struggling to cope with the agrarian crisis, are demanding proper implementation of the loan waiver package announced by the BJP-led government in the state past year, land rights for farmers and compensation for farm labourers. "The whole world is watching the naked rights violation in Sabarimala", Pillai said. The tradition barred women from entering inside.

The temple has a ritualistic ban for menstrual age women which, despite being struck down as discriminatory by the Supreme Court recently, has many takers in Kerala, who have taken to the streets to uphold the ban.

Indian police arrested dozens of people taking part in protests around a controversial Sabarimala temple.

Hindu Aikya Vedi President, K P Sasikala, who is on her way to the shrine with her family members in connection with the "chorunnu ceremony" (rice feeding) of her grandsons, was served notice by Superintendent of Police Yatish Chandra at Nilackal this morning, asking her not to remain at the "sannidhanam" beyond six hours.

"The protesters were shouting abuses at us even inside the airport", Desai told reporters before leaving. We have also held consultations with the Centre on how to move legally.

Surendran is the party general secretary. Police have told us that they'll provide us security the next time we visit.

Interestingly, the application also refers to the violence and protests that have taken place in Kerala after the State government tried to implement the SC verdict.

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The court ordered the government to submit the full list of police personnel deployed at the temple and asked whether they had experience in managing crowds.

Surendran who spoke to the media before being remanded said: "The police have charged me uunder non-bailable sections". He came down heavily on the chief minister asking if Kerala was under the rule of Adolf Hitler.

As a war of words erupted over the police action, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan maintained that those who had been arrested were not Ayyappa devotees, but RSS workers camping at Sannidhanam (temple complex).

"This government is destroying Sabarimala".

The apex court earlier refused to stay its September 28 verdict, lifting the ban on girls and women in the 10-50 age group from entering the shrine, and chose to hear a batch of review petitions in open court on January 22.

The hillside temple, nestled in a forest in the Western Ghats mountain range, will reopen at 5 p.m. (1130 GMT) on Friday for more than two months, with a three-day break in December.

While addressing the state conference of the Kerala Union of Working Journalists at Kozhikode, he said the Sangh Parivar activists had gone to Sabarimala disguised as devotees.

According to police sources, so far around 60,000 devotees have visited the shrine since it opened on Friday evening for the 64-day annual pilgrimage season.