16-Jan-2017

Trupti vows to enter Sabarimala: Kerala govt to block her

Sabarimala Dec 26: The State government on Monday said that the entry of Bhumata Brigade chief Trupti Desai will not be allowed in the Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala, even as the activist plans to lead 100 odd women to the famous hill shrine.
 
There are restrictions for the entry of women between 10-50 years of age in the temple.
 
"The Sabarimala temple is administered by Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) and its traditions and rules are applicable to everyone," Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran told reporters in Sabarimala.
 
"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, he said.
 
The CPI-M-led LDF government's stand comes after it had filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court last month informing that it favoured the entry of women of all age groups in the Sabarimala temple.
 
According to Trupti Desai she and 100 other women from Bhumata Brigade will come to Kerala to make entry into Sabarimala temple in January 2017.
 
“Menstruation is a natural process. No gods have said they consider women impure because of it. The right to pray is our constitutional right and we will come to claim it,” Trupti had said.
 
She also said that she did not see the point in waiting for the Supreme Court’s final decision in the matter before starting her campaign. “The PILs will continue, but we are going as women to fight for our constitutional rights. Why should there be a delay in that,” she argued.
 
The walk to the hill-top in Pathanamthitta where the Ayyappa temple is situated requires the devotees to be celibate, cook their own food and not wear footwear among other things for 41 days.
 
Trupti declared that she and the other campaigners were ready to abide by these norms and undertake the 41-day fast, as long as they are not discriminatory towards women.
 
Commending the LDF government’s stance in the Supreme Court of not objecting to women’s entry in Sabarimala, Trupti is optimistic that they expect the Pinarayi government to extend wholehearted cooperation and protection to them.
 
The temple is managed by the Sabarimala tantri family and the Travancore Devaswom Board. Although Trupti hopes that the trustees will let them enter the temple, especially with the Haji Ali verdict to back her demand, she is determined to make the trip regardless of their decision.