The protest by nuns had paved the way for a major movement, Save Our Sisters, which was called off only after the arrest of Mulakkal and his removal as bishop of Jalandhar. Reacting to the letter, Sister Anupama said they would not move out of the mission house in Kottayam.
The Kerala High Court recently lifted a restriction on women undertaking the annual trek. Sanal said the Agasthyakoodam trek is far tougher than other treks and only physically fit women should participate in it.
The court decision to let women scale the Agasthyakoodam peak has met resistance from members of the Kani tribe, who live on the foothills and believe the mountain range is the abode of their deity —Agasthya Muni
The decision was taken at the Synod of the church, currently underway in Kochi and attended by 55 bishops. This is the first time that the church is adopting a policy for the safety of nuns and laity at church-run institutions.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan hit back on Sunday, saying that the BJP national leadership should ask its rank and file to end violence if that party has an iota of allegiance to the Constitution and commitment to the people.
The victim, Chandran Unnithan, was participating in a march organised by the Sangh Parivar-backed Sabarimala Action Council, which alleged that CPI(M) workers attacked the protest rally, leaving Unnithan seriously injured.
The 11-member group reached Pamba early morning via road from Chennai, braving protests and threats from devotees and organisations opposed to the recent Supreme Court verdict allowing entry to women of all ages at the temple.
The CM’s statement comes a day after the LDF government had submitted an affidavit in the High Court, stating that the women’s wall is just like any other programme being conducted under the patronage or funding of the government.