A day ahead of the opening of the temple for women, the Kerala government, which has abided by the decision of SC, has made it clear that the people entering the temple will be provided complete support.
Speaking on Tuesday, state's CM Pinarayi Vijayan said, "We have made all arrangements for the devotees to enter Sabarimala and worship Ayyappa. I dont know if they have fear within them. But they have support of the government.”.
Kerala CM also made it clear that the government will not file any review petition. “The govt does not differentiate among men and women, and women have the same rights. We followed the High Court when they said women cannot enter. After that, the SC gave the women right to enter, hence we are following the SC. State government will ensure safety and security of all devotees. No one will be allowed to take law and order into their hands, to check cars or stop people. Govt will not allow any violence in the name of Sabarimala
." Vijayan said.
On October 17, as part of the beginning of another pilgrimage season, the doors of the Sabarimala temple will open for women of all age. But still, devotees of Lord Ayyappa under the leadership of NDA, Padalam Palace and NSS are staging a number of protests across the country. UNI