Women visited Sabarimala till 1991, says CM
Thiruvananthapuram: Criticising the row over women entry into Sabarimala temple, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan claimed that women used to visit Sabarimala temple during the first Pooja of every month till 1991. He was addressing a workshop here on Sunday.
“Sabarimala protest was led by those who uphold casteism. Even those who supported the Supreme Court verdict allowing entry to women of all ages to Sabarimala, changed their stand when the higher caste people joined the protest,” said CM.
He criticised that protest of BJP over Sabarimala issue was a complete failure.
He alleged that planned attempts are being made to hide the facts related to women entry in Sabarimala.
“In 1991, the High Court Judge consciously made an order banning entry of women into Sabarimala. The custom of prohibiting women of menstruating age came into force from 1991. I am surprise on how this became a temple custom which only came into force in 1991. The supreme court also observed that the custom is against constitution,” said Chief Minister.
He noted that there are many people who refuse to accept gender equality. Such people are opposing women entry into Sabarimala, he added.
“Conservative attitude is growing among people. A strong movement should be made against this. People with such attitude are fielding devotees against the government as they could not oppose the supreme court. They make devotees believe that government is against devotees and their belief,” said Chief Minister.
He pointed out that devotees are majority and CPM would not move against them.
The Chief Minister noted that government is against the people who are adamant to uphold their belief by opposing belief of others.