After the Sabarimala temple witnessed tensed incidents of preventing women in the 10-50 age group from offering worship, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday blamed the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) for the violent agitation.
“The RSS is responsible for the violence that the state has never witnessed before… It is desperate to gain a foothold and resorting to dirty tricks of every kind,” the chief minister further added.
The Kerala CM noted that his government agreed to implement the Supreme Court verdict and had arranged for all required facilities. “Neither the government nor the police tried to block the devotees. The RSS tried to turn Sabarimala Temple into a war zone,” he said while speaking to the media.
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Including activists and journalists over 12 women had managed to trek to the temple during the five days but were not allowed to reach the sanctum sanctorum. Two of them were stopped just 50 metres away from the main shrine. The accounts of these women through light on the unsafe passage and the violence that they encountered.
“The protesters tried to check vehicles, attacked women devotees and media persons. It was the first time in the history of Kerala that this type of attitude was shown towards the media,” the Kerala CM added.
CM Pinarayi also criticised the chief priest of Sabarimala temple who warned of violence if women between age group 10-50 tried to enter the shrine. He also stopped rituals to force two women to return after they reached within 500 metres of the shrine.
The Kerala CM noted that attack on the people who wanted to have darshan is a never-seen-before assault. “We will clear Sabarimala of ‘criminals and assaulters’,” he vowed.
His remarks came after the Supreme Court admitted review petitions challenging its order on entry of women of all groups to the Sabarimala temple to be heard on November 13.