Ever since the Supreme Court pronounced that women of all age group can enter the holy Sabarimala temple in Kerala, there have been huge number of protests staged in many parts of the country.
Right from Delhi to Kerala, from BJP to Congress, those against the decision of the apex court have taken to streets calling for a review petition. Amongst those who are protesting is Malayalam actor Kollam Thulasi.
While speaking at a BJP rally in the Kollam district, the actor made an shockingly absurd remark. He said,
"Women coming to Sabarimala temple should be ripped in half. One half should be sent to Delhi and the other half should be thrown to Chief Minister's office in Thiruvananthapuram."
Huge protests have been witnessed across the country since the day a five-judge bench of SC gave a verdict in favor of gender equality. Earlier on Friday, massive protests took place in Thiruvananathapuram. Activist Rahul Eashwar, while speaking exclusively to Republic TV, said the protest is to stop “so called ultra feminists to enter the Sabarimala temple”.
“The Sabarimala temple is already allowing women below 10 and over 50. We know the matter is in the Supreme Court, but our protest is like Jallikattu kind of protest which will happen in Gandhian way, we will not indulge in violence or hurt anyone. Around 10000 people, including thousands of women, will walk towards Sabarimala to save our culture and we will stop the so called ultra feminists to enter the Sabarimala temple,” he said.
Despite the protests, the SC on October 9 declined to hear the petitioners case on a urgent basis. CJI Ranjan Gogoi said the review petitions will be listed in the normal course of proceedings that no stay will be granted. The Supreme Court has also declined the early hearing of the review petition.
A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph had considered the submission of Shylaja Vijayan, president, National Ayyappa Devotees Association through Mathews J Nedumpara, which contended that the five-judge Constitution bench verdict lifting the ban was "absolutely untenable and irrational".