Sabarimala women entry: Renaissance Committee lashes out at govt stance

Pathanamthitta: A difference of opinion has been formed in the Renaissance Committee regarding the women entry in Sabarimala temple. The supreme court did not stay the verdict allowing women entry in the temple. But the government and CPM have decided that women should not enter the Sabarimala hills until the review petitions are finalised. Meanwhile, Renaissance Protection Committee general secretary Punnala Sreekumar alleged that the government’s stand is against the affidavit submitted in the apex court.

Punnala Sreekumar alleged that Devaswom minister Kadakampally Surendran’s statement that the women should bring court order to trek Sabarimala is anti-constitutional. The government deviating from its earlier stand regarding women entry issue is a major setback for the renaissance movements. He also alleged that Pinarayi Vijayan is taking loose stand in the matter.

The government has decided that women need not be provided police protection to enter the temple as confusions prevail over the supreme court order. It has been planned to discourage those who arrive to trek the hills before they reach Pampa. The decision was taken on the basis of the legal advice.

Earlier, Devaswom minister Kadakampally Surendran had responded that Sabarimala is not a place for activists and that the government will not provide police protection for women to enter the temple.

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