Days before the doors to Sabarimala temple in Kerala will be open for women of all ages, several groups have been protesting in Thiruvananthapuram against the Supreme Court’s verdict. 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. Latest among the protestors are the Shiv Sena party leaders who have threatened the government that they will commit suicide if young women between the age of 10-50-year-old will enter the temple when the doors will open on October 17.
While addressing the media, Shiv Sena MLA Peringammala Aji in Kerala said,
"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."
Furthermore, when questioned about the prospects of a peaceful protest in Kerala, he denied to the expectation of a silent demonstration against the entry of women in the temple and claimed that it is the decision of the devotees to commit suicide. They have gathered in huge number at the temple to showcase their protest in Trivandrum.
"That we cannot say. We have lakhs of Ayyappa coming from all over the country. We cannot decide how they will react. The government should take responsibility. It is the devotees' decision," Kerala’s Shiv Sena leader added.
On October 12, the Pandalam royal family who raised the Sabarimala Ayyappan temple and many right-wingers went on a fast in front of Kerala Secretariat at Trivandrum in protest against top court’s verdict allowing women of all ages to enter the hilltop shrine. The same day, Malayalam actor Kollam Thulasi also gave some shocking remarks about the entry of women in the temple. 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."