Sabarimala temple opens for annual festival
Kerala

Review plea against Sabarimala SC verdict filed

It is a flood of protests against the Supreme Court verdict allowing women of all age groups to undertake the pilgrimage to Sabarimala alongside review petitions by Hindu organisations, putting the Government in a tight spot.

The first of the review petitions was filed by National Ayyappa Devotees Association president Shylaja Vijayan on Monday against the September 28 judgment on grounds that it was "absolutely untenable and irrational, if not perverse".

The Nair Service Society is expected to file its review petition as also a few others. The Pandalam royal family which is closely associated with the rituals at Sabarimala is to hold talks with the tantri (chief priest) family which rejected the State Government invitation to discussions on implementation of the verdict.

Representatives of the royal family said a review petition would be moved as it would be an all-encompassing one. All such petitions would be taken up after a month, the time given by the court to file pleas.

Separately, the protests by various Hindu organisations involving women engaged in chanting mantras and taking to the streets were being strengthened.