Police says it cannot protect women activists arriving at Sabarimala

Wednesday 26 December 2018 10:44 pm IST
The police have also sought permission to send back such activist women who arrive, considering the coming days as the pilgrimage season is entering its peak phase of Mandala pooja and Makaravilakku. Devaswom Board President A Padmakumar has also appealed to the female devotees to abstain from coming to Sabarimala during the peak phase.

Pamba: In a report submitted to the DGP by the police personnel on duty at Sabarimala, the force has made it clear that it cannot give protection to the women activists reaching the holy temple for darshan and that it will not allow especially those with criminal records to undertake the ascent to the shrine.  

Explaining the situations at the shrine in detail, the police said in the report that most of these women are arriving at Sabarimala for their two minutes of fame, and that the lady named Bindu who had attempted darshan recently was an accused in many cases. The police have also sought permission to send back such women considering the coming days as the pilgrimage season is entering its peak phase of Mandala pooja and Makaravilakku. With just two days to go for the Mandala pooja, the temple premises and the adjoining areas are witnessing a sharp increase in the number of devotees arriving for darshan which has also caused massive traffic jams in the vicinity. At the same time, Devaswom Board President A Padmakumar has also appealed to the female devotees to abstain from coming to Sabarimala during the peak phase.   

Meanwhile, the two activists, Bindu and Kanakadurga who reached Sabarimala recently are on a protest fast at Kottayam Medical College. There are complaints that the police have unfairly detained them in police custody. However, the police have informed the two that the force cannot provide them protection during the ongoing peak phase of the annual pilgrimage.