Trupti Desai to abandon Sabarimala visit after protests

20 November, 2018, 01:02 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Indian airport protesters block woman activist's plan to enter hill temple

Rahul Easwar, president of the Ayyappa Dharma Sena, which is among the organisations protesting against the entry of women of all ages into the Sabarimala, also threatened that social activist Trupti Desai will have to step on the chest of protestors to enter the shrine.

However, when they insisted, Surenderan and the others, all with the "Irrumudikettu" (bundle of offerings for Lord Ayyappa) were taken into preventive custody.

Desai landed in Kochi airport in an Indigo flight at 4.45 am on Friday, on her to way to visit the Sabarimala temple. However, she was stranded in the airport itself as protesters had gathered outside the airport to oppose her decision to visit Sabarimala.

"We have come here to protest".

The Travancore Devaswom Board had failed to bring to the notice of the government the police intervention to deny the rights of the pilgrims, they said.

Nilakkal: Minister of State (MoS) for Tourism, KJ Alphons, who is now on his way to the Sabarimala Temple, on Monday, said that the situation at the hill-top shrine of Lord Ayyappa is worse than an emergency situation. Previously, she had led campaigns to ensure that women are permitted to enter various religious places like Shani Shingnapur temple, the Haji Ali Dargah, the Mahalakshmi Temple and the Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple. At a function in Kozhikode, he said that those arrested were not the devotees of Lord Ayyappa. They also said that the entire state will erupt in violence if we don't drop our plan. "We will continue to walk on the path of dharma", he said in Pathanamthitta.


"Even police said they can not help us go out of the airport right now because the number of protesters is swelling and they are resorting to violence", she said.

The Sabarimala temple has been in the eye of the storm ever since then. "We have faith in the government that it will provide security for us", Desai said. This protest is a sign that protesters are scared of me and this also proves my victory.

Rajesh, one of the protesters, said, "We are devotees and we started reciting prayers but the police did not allow us, saying Section 144 (prohibitory orders) has been imposed". She extended her gratitude to the media organizations for supporting her during her fight for gender equality.

Surendran and his party have been up in arms against the Vijayan government, which according to them, is determined to see that a woman in the hitherto "banned" age group is allowed "darshan" at the temple and they have vowed that the temple traditions will not be breached. There have been several protests and strikes. Lord Ayyappa is the presiding God in the temple.

KP Sasikala, senior BJP leader and president of the Hindu Aikya Vedi, was allowed to go to Sannidhanam after she was arrested by the police while moving towards the shrine in Sabarimala on Friday after the temple was opened for the third time in a month. The rule violated women's right to equality and right to worship, said the 4-1 verdict of the Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra.

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