Sabarimala: Meenakshi Lekhi says Kerala Govt not maintaining law and order

Sabarimala: Meenakshi Lekhi says Kerala Govt not maintaining law and order

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New Delhi, Jan 4: BJP member Meenakshi Lekhi on Friday accused the Kerala Government of not maintaining law and order in the state and transporting women in ambulances to Sabarimala.

Ms Lekhi said narratives were coming from people who do not know Hinduism. 'Those backing entry of women in Sabarimala are transgressors of religion and anti-religious. They are not followers of Ayappa," she said in the Lok Sabha.

Two women below 50 have walked into the Sabarimala temple in Kerala before daybreak on Wednesday, becoming the first to do so since the Supreme Court ordered the end of a decades-old ban on women of menstrual age entering the shrine.

They were reportedly seen hurrying into the shrine, dressed in all-black and escorted by the police. A group of protesters also appears to be at the spot.

Ms Lekhi said in Kamakhya temple, located on the Nilachal hill in the capital city of Guwahati, the deity of the temple, Kamakhya Devi is revered as the ‘Bleeding Goddess’.

Every year during the month of Ashaad (June), the Brahmaputra river near Kamakhya turns red. It is believed that the goddess ‘menstruates’ during this period.

Similarly, she said, Sabarimala temple has its own rituals. 'Ayyappa, the legend has, is a celibate deity and thus, the ban is to protect the celibacy of the deity,' Ms Lekhi said.

'Should women impose themselves on the celibate God,' she asked.

K C Venugopal, Congress, said people in the state were upset and lots of incidents have happened. 'BJP announced hartal and shops were closed. People were suffering,' he said, adding that people want peace.

Atrocities and violence were no solution, he said and alleged that 'government was promoting violence'. P Venugopal, CPI-M, said the Supreme Court has given historical verdict and the state government was protecting the rights of citizens and upholding the apex court verdict.UNI