Thiruvananthapuram: CPM central leadership on Thursday said that their party stood for equal rights for women in all spheres of society including places of worship. The party leaders said since the Sabarimala issue has now been referred to the larger bench of the apex court, it will have to wait for the final verdict.
CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury said the decision to refer the issue to larger bench was not unanimous. “Two of the five judges dissented. The points of dissent will have to be examined. The matter is subjudice now,” he said and added that according to his understanding the earlier judgment allowing all women has not been stayed yet. So the verdict stays.
Former general secretary Prakash Karat said; “as far as CPM was concerned we stand for equal rights for women in all spheres of society. We stand by that but the apex court has to give the final verdict. We have to wait for that .”
Politburo member S Ramachandran Pillai also aired similar views. “CPM sand is that like men women should also have the freedom to worship in all places. Equality for women has to be ensured in all spheres of life,” he said.
Meanwhile, CPM general secretary said that all aspects related to the recent verdicts of the Supreme Court will be discussed at the forthcoming politburo meeting on November 16 and 17. “The party will come out with a considered opinion on the many contradictions that we find in the recent judgments and other issues.
Some clarity is required. The politburo will take a call on how to proceed further,” he added....