Police block transgenders from visiting Sabarimala
Erumeli: Police have sent back a group of transgender persons who went to Sabarimala for having darshan at the temple. Following this, the four-member group returned from the hill shrine to Kottayam under police protection.
The transgender persons identified as Ananya, Trupthi, Avanthika and Ranju, all natives of Kottayam and Ernakulam districts, set out from Kochi at 1.50 am on Sunday. Later, they attempted to set out to Pampa via Erumeli, but the Erumeli police blocked them on the way.
The police informed that they cannot be allowed to enter Sabarimala and rejected their request to permit them to continue their journey to the Ayyappa temple. When they told the police that they can return to Ernakulam, the police asked them to go to Kottayam.
The transgenders said they will go to Sabarimala from Kottayam again. ‘We arrived after taking the vow and carrying the ‘Irumudikkettu’ just as other devotees do. People of our group have visited Sabarimala before,’ they claimed.
The transgender persons told Mathrubhumi News that they will not step back from their attempt and that they will contact Pathanamthitta district collector for police protection. It is learnt that the police action was with an intention to maintain law and order.
The police said that if any devotees tried to block the transgender persons, it may result in law and order issues in Sannidhanam and Nilakkal, which in turn will affect the peaceful atmosphere of the temple.
In this context, the police sent them to Kottayam accompanied by women police. Also the police have explained the situation to them and asked them to return to Ernakulam. However, the transgender persons have taken the stand that they have no restriction to go to Sabarimala.
‘When we asked for police protection, the officers talked indecently. They asked us to change our dress like women’s and also threatened the driver of the taxi we arrived. The police asked us to wear shirt and pants, if we are men,’ they said in a Facebook live.