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Govt firm on letting women to Sabarimala this season: Pinarayi

The Kerala Government was going ahead with plans to allow women of all age groups to visit Sabarimala temple during the pilgrimage season to start in mid-November, according to Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

He told mediapersons in Thiruvananthapuram today that his Government would not file a review petition against the recent Supreme Court verdict allowing women to enter Sabarimala temple.

He clarified that views to the contrary by Travancore Devaswom Board president and party nominee A Padmakumar were personal and went against the Government stand.

There was difference of opinion among Hindus in this regard, he said, adding that the court had taken into consideration all aspects before pronouncing the verdict.

It was the Government policy to let women into the hill shrine and nothing could be done to prevent it. The Government would make all necessary facilities for women pilgrims and would be in place before the season starts. Policewomen would be posted to ensure safety for women undertaking the pilgrimage.

He was highly critical of Padmakumar’s stand and added that the devaswom had not decided to file a review petition.