Bhumata Brigade leader and social activist Trupti Desai was forced to abort her attempt to trek to Sabarimala amidst police refusing to deny her protection and Hindu groups staging protests.
She is set to leave for Pune on Tuesday night and said it would be only after she got a written statement from the police saying it would not provide protection. After last year's failed attempt, Trupti made a vain bid on Tuesday morning but was taken away from the airport by police officials to the commissioner's office where a huge crowd of Hindu protestors had gathered.
Another activist Bindu Ammini who had made it to the shrine last year under police protection saw a protestor use pepper spray against her. Police later based on media visuals, nabbed Hindu Helpline coordinator Sreenath who used the spray against her. Devaswom Minister Kadakampilly Surendran and Law minister AK Balan have alleged a conspiracy behind the move by activists to make it to the shrine and this would not be allowed.
Trupti decided to make it to the shrine on November 26, the Constitution Day. She arrived at Nedumbassery airport with a four-member team at 4:30 am. In the wake of receiving advice not to provide protection, police, who had taken her to the commissioner's office where a large number of protestors had gathered, is expected to provide her security return to the airport.
Based on this, Sabarimala Karma Samithi decided to end the protests. After receiving advice from the attorney general's office, it was decided to give Trupti a written statement.
It was an array of protestors who gathered outside the commissioner's office after learning that Trupti and other women were present in the office. Protesters, including women, began chanting prayers as part of the protest.
Bindu Ammini said she came to visit Sabarimala, following a request from Trupti. Trupti came on the backing of last year's Supreme Court verdict allowing young women to worship at Sabarimala. Last year, despite the State Government proclaiming that it would provide protection, Trupti could not step out of the airport.
However this year, the Government backtracked, claiming that the Supreme Court had referred a bunch of review petitions against the verdict to a larger Bench and so decided not to implement the verdict.