No Match For Voice Of People

New Delhi: 

A petition challenging the Supreme Court order allowing women of all ages inside Kerala’s Sabarimala temple was filed in the top court today. Seeking a review of the verdict lifting the centuries-old ban, the petitioner said the verdict can’t be a match for the voice of the people. 

The petitioner, the president of the National Ayyappa Devotees Association, said those who had approached the Supreme Court for lifting the age restriction on women are not Ayyappa devotees 

In her petition, Shylaja Vijayan said the Supreme Court verdict affects the fundamental rights of millions of Ayyappa devotees 

The representatives of Sabarimala temple’s chief priest are skipping a meeting called by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today to discuss the September 28 verdict amid mounting protest across the state by devotees of Lord Ayyappa, the temple’s chief deity.

Hundreds of devotees took part in marches last week, chanting the name of Lord Ayyappa, protesting the ruling Left government’s decision to implement the top court verdict without going for a review.


The Supreme Court, while lifting the ban, said it was upholding rights to equality of worship.

The temple authorities had said the ban was essential to the rites related to Lord Ayyappa, considered eternally celibate.

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