On October 17, 2018, history will be created when the doors of the Sabarimala temple will open for women of all age. This is what the Supreme Court pronounced while hearing the case on this matter.
But prior to the historic day, there has been a lot of violence and anger against the decision by the apex court. The devotees of Lord Ayyappa have taken their fight on the streets, staging a number of protests across the country.
Though, a day ahead of the opening of the temple for women, the Kerala government, which has abided by the decision of SC, has made it clear that the people entering the temple will be provided complete support. Speaking on Tuesday, state's CM Pinarayi Vijayan said,
"We have made all arrangements for the devotees to enter Sabarimala and worship Ayyappa. I dont know if they have fear within them. But they have support of the government. The government will not file any review petition. The govt does not differentiate among men and women, and women have the same rights. We followed the High Court when they said women cannot enter. After that, the SC gave the women right to enter, hence we are following the SC. State govt will ensure safety and security of all devotees. No one will be allowed to take law and order into their hands, to check cars or stop people. Govt will not allow any violence in the name of Sabarimala."
In September, a five-judge bench of SC had pronounced in 4:1 judgment that the doors of Sabarimala temple will be open for women of all ages. Ever since then, a number of protests have been staged all over the country.
Last week, in his effort to put further pressure on the state government as well as the centre, a Shiv Sena worker threatened to commit suicide should women be allowed to enter the temple.
"When the Sabarimala temple opens on 17th of this month, they will let women enter. But Shiv Sena has got thousands of workers from each district who will come to the temple, guard the Pamba river and the temple to ensure that only women above 60 years enter the premises and young girls don't enter. Also if these girls enter, all the Ayyappa devotees are ready to attempt suicide," Shiv Sena MLA Peringammala Aji in Kerala said.