Thiruvananthapuram: The possibility of Sangh Parivar outfits including Hindu Aikya Vedi, Sabarimala Karma Samithi and Kshetra Samrakshana Samithi physically preventing young women from entering Sabarimala temple is unlikely to happen. RSS State secretary/prantha karyavahak P. Gopalankutty Master told DC that owing to the setback the LDF Government received on the earlier Sabarimala verdict, this time the RSS is expecting them to show restraint. HAV will be holding a namajapa rally across the State on Saturday evening urging that the LDF Government should not allow women to enter Sabarimala.
With the five member Constitution bench referring the review petitions to a larger seven member bench, RSS State leadership feels that the Sept. 28, 2018 verdict allowing wo-men to enter Sabarimala has become “frozen”. Just because the SC has not stayed the earlier verdict on Thursday, the RSS leadership feels that the Constitution bench need not bring clarity on it as it is evident. Gopalankutty Master opined that Thursday’s decision is definitely a “historical” decision to refer before a larger bench.
“The positive point is that the Supreme Court has given a sign that religion and beliefs cannot be avoided. In the Ayodhya verdict, senior lawyer K. Parasaran had successfully argued for possession of the entire disputed land in the Supreme Court in favour of the deity, ‘Ram Lalla Virajman’. In the case of Sabarimala, it is going to see the Pandalam Royal family calling the shots on who should-/shouldn't enter in Sabarimala”, said Gopalankutty Master.
It should be recalled that Parasaran had argued in the SC that it was important for the deity to maintain distance from women. He had avoided allegations of gender bias. But it is to be seen whether the Supreme Court’s larger bench will check whether gender equality has to be maintained in the Sabarimala issue. Hindu Aikya Vedi president K. P. Sasikala told DC that she is welcoming the SC’s decision to transfer the review petitions before a larger bench. She said Sabari-mala Karma Samithi was formed to protect the rituals and beliefs.
“We are urging before the LDF Government that they should not instigate the women to enter the temple. Thursday’s SC decision should be an eye-opener for the LDF Government. They should not hold on to the technicality and allow women of all ages to enter Sabarimala. We have decided to hold a namajapa rally across the State on Saturday evening”, said Sasikala....