Not 51, just two young women worshipped at Sabarimala, says Devaswom Minister

Not 51, just two young women worshipped at Sabarimala, says Devaswom Minister


Debunking Government claims that 51 young women worshipped at Sabarimala after the September 28 verdict of the Supreme Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran said just two young women had darshan at Sabarimala.

In his written reply in the Assembly on Monday, based on records of the Sabarimala executive officer, he said just two women had worshipped at Sabarimala. He also said there was no confirmation of a Lankan woman worshipping at the temple. The Minister added that there was no direction from the Supreme Court to provide special security to women arriving for worship.

Bindu and Kanakadurga, who are in their 40s, visited the shrine on January 2, a day after the ruling LDF had organised a Women Wall to uphold the ideals of renaissance and gender equality.

The Governnment had recently submitted to the Supreme Court that 51 young women had entered the shrine after its September 28 verdict allowing women of all ages to worship at the shrine. The report had been questioned at various levels, forcing the police to rework the list. As per the fresh list, 17 women had made it to the shrine, contradictory to the Minister's claim of just two.

Kadakampally added that as per the the devaswom manual the Sabarimala tantri did not have any right to perform the purification rituals when customs and traditions are violated like he did when the two women had darshan at the shrine. In such circumstances, the tantri should have consulted devaswom officials, he added. An explanation had been sought from the tantri as it was for the Government to take a decision on rituals and customs, Kadakampally said.