More than the Supreme Court refusing to take a decision on the bunch of review petitions against its earlier verdict of allowing young women to worship at the hill shrine of Sabarimala and referring it to a larger bench, the refusal to stay the September 28 verdict has put the Pinarayi-led LDF Government in a quandary.
It is just a few days from now when the Sabarimala pilgrim season starts and already some women have announced that they would make it to the shrine this time. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has is said to have sought the opinion of law experts. After the Lok Sabha poll debacle, the CPIM, as a ploy, tried to put under wraps other serious issues and said the temple issue was a major reason for defeat.
Devaswom Minister Kadakkampilly Surendran in a wishy-washy style said the verdict would be accepted and implemented. However, he was evasive on whether the Government would support women entry with police support. Both BJP leader Kummanam Rajasekharan and Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala have said the State Government should not, like last time, use force and police support to let young women make it to the shrine.
Activist Trupti Desai, who was denied entry last time in the wake of violent protests, has vowed to make it to the shrine this time.