Supreme Court verdict on Sabrimala didn’t consider the tradition accepted by society: RSS chief Bhagwat

On Thursday, October 18, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said in a speech that Supreme Court verdict on Sabrimala temple didn’t consider the nature and premise of the tradition accepted by society and faith of devotees that created the situation which is not good for society.

RSS Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat said in his Vijayadashmi speech, “Decisions taken without considering all aspects and patiently creating mindset of the society will neither be adopted in actual practice nor will they help in creating a new social order, in tune with changing times and positions”.

He said, “The situation arising out of the recent verdict on Sabrimala temple shows a similar predicament. The nature and premise of the tradition that has been accepted by society and continuously followed for years together were not taken into consideration”.

He added, “The version of heads of religious denominations and faith of crores of devotees was not taken into account. The plea by a large section of women, who follow this tradition, was not heard too”.

Bhagwat said, “This situation is not at all conducive for the peace and healthiness of the society”.

Sarsanghchalak said that the verdict has given rise to divisiveness and unrest in the society instead of peace and stability. He stressed that no society in the world can thrive under the fear of punishment and law.

He said, “Nowhere in the world, healthy and peaceful social life has ever thrived and can thrive merely based on laws and fear of punishment”.

On September 28, a bench of Supreme Court lifted ban from entry of women into the Sabrimala temple. Following the verdict, gates of temple were opened for women on Wednesday for the first time. But the verdict has led to the violence and protests in Kerala. The roads to the temple of Loard Ayyappa were closed by Hindu activists that forced young women devotees to turn back.

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