Protests against the Supreme Court verdict allowing women of any age to enter the hill shrine of Sabarimala have started cropping up across Kerala.
With the BJP retracting from its earlier stand and favouring a review petition and Congress too wanting the case to be reviewed by the court and protests by Hindu outfits have put the Government in a piquant situation, leading to use force like at Vytilla in Kochi.
Members of the Pandalam royal family, closely linked to the Sabarimala rituals, took out a procession from Pandalam Medical Mission to Valiyakoyikkal temple and recited mantras. The number of participants went into a few thousands as many Hindu organisations joined the royal family members.
The royal family says it is not for court to decide the entry of women to the shrine. The family along with the Sabarimala head priest and other organisations should take the decision.
Calls by various Hindu organisations saw protests in Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Palakkad today.
In Thiruvanthapuram, former Travancore Devaswom Board president Prayar Gopalakrishnan said at the protest meet that the tradition in Sabarimala would be protected at any cost which was widely welcomed by the protestors.
At Vytilla, protestors under the banner of Sabarimala Samrakshana Samithi staged a
national highway blockade. There was some scuffle between protestors and the police who forcefully took away the protestors.
Social media is abuzz about opposition to the Supreme Court verdict. This could result in growing protests in the coming days.
While the Congress has blamed the State Government for 'mishandling’ the entire matter, the BJP has said it would move a review petition and wanted the Government not to hurry with allowing entry of women this season and wait till the review petition is settled.