Sabarimala Temple row: LDF govt says will not ‘hurt’ anybody on women entry issue

The LDF is closely looking into the matter of Sabarimala as it doesn't want to be biased and hurt anybody on issue of entry of women of menstruating age.

By: PTI | Thiruvanthapuram | Updated: May 31, 2016 7:56 pm
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The LDF government in Kerala would not take any decision that would hurt anybody on the issue of entry of women of menstruating age in the famous hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa at Sabarimala, state Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran said.

Addressing a meet at-the-press, Surendran said, “The government will not take any decision that would hurt anybody, it will take a decision only after consulting all groups.”

“The issue had not yet been discussed either in the ruling front or by the ministry, he said. He further said he was only a politician and not competent enough to say how the entry of women would affect the rituals of the temple. The case is under the consideration of the Supreme Court and it will take a decision in this regard. I am not the right person to say how the entry of women will affect the rituals of Ayyappa Temple. There are competent people to comment on the matter and they will speak,” the Minister said.

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Women in the age group of 10-50 are banned entry in the temple which attracts lakhs of devotees. Asked about the decision to dissolve the Devaswom Recruitment Board and entrust the job to the state-run Public Service Commission, he said there was no need for an institution like Devaswom Recruitment Board for the purpose.

“Our decision was only to leave the recruitment of clerical staff and engineers, who are very less in number to Public Service Commission and not the recruitment of priests. Surendran slammed the previous UDF government for constituting the board. The PSC would make appointments after meeting all necessary formalities and procedures, he added.

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  1. B
    Jul 12, 2016 at 5:51 am
    I am disappointed with LDF stand on this issue, though I was happy with LDF election victory. In my view, courts should not ask for Govt's view on religious matters. A political party (be it BJP, Congress or CPIM) will always take an opportunistic stand on such matters. The LDF would not want the BJP to exploit this matte build votebase. The Consution should prevail. The court should ensure women have entry into all places of worship, equal chance to become priests/pujaris, service personnel (like nuns)should have both men and women staff, menstruation bias banned, dress code banned and perquisite for belief to visit religious places removed.
    1. G
      Jun 1, 2016 at 6:17 pm
      Courts should not interfere in religion and culture at at pilgrimage site. Seperation of religion and state is important.
      1. v
        May 31, 2016 at 4:26 pm
        The traditions regarding temples practices are to be left to the practices in those temples and should not be interfered by political/judicial authorities.
        1. V
          Jun 1, 2016 at 8:47 am
          Women of the subject age group, who are Ayyappa devotees, will never choose to go Sabarimala, as they know what is Sabarimala and for what purpose they go there and based on what belief. People who talk of entry there are with 'no God ' behaviours and such people will be kicked back at the base place on pampa river bed by the women devotees themselves.
          1. Y
            Yash Pal
            May 31, 2016 at 3:09 pm
            The menstruation of women is an inbuilt act of nature/ God and it just cannot be regarded as an impurity. The presiding deity at Ayyappa Temple being God or one of his forms, should know this. It is a practice introduced by the priests and needs to be thrown out immediately.
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