Devotees of all religions have the right to enter Sabarimala temple, the Kerala High Court said today, as per ANI report. The HC also expressed dissatisfaction on the application filed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader TG Mohandas who sought a ban on the entry of non-Hindus into the hill-top shrine.
Mohandas, in his petition had sought a directive to enforce Rule 3 (a) under the Kerala Hindu Places of Public Worship (Authorisation of Entry) Act, 1965, that prohibits entry of non-Hindus into temples. What is more, Mohandas had also sought an independent investigation into the police action allowing non-Hindu women and non-idol worshippers into the temple following the Supreme Court’s recent verdict allowing the entry of women between the ages of ten and 50.
Disruption of Secularism
The Malayalam daily, Mathrubhumi also reported that while expressing dissatisfaction in Mohandas’ application, the HC had adjourned the matter for hearing for two weeks. Apparently, the HC told Mohandas that his application seemed to disrupt the secular nature of the state. Furthermore, the HC also asked the Government of Kerala and the Travancore Devasom Board to submit a report in connection with the matter. In fact, Mohandas, in his petition, had claimed that a scheme to regulate the entry of non-Hindus is in force in all major temples in the country, said a TOI report.
The HC also termed it as “Premature” a petition filed by four women seeking police protection to visit the Sabarimala temple, quoting LiveLaw, a scroll.in report said. The petitioners’ apprehensions that they might be subject to violence if they attempted to visit the temple is based on “conjectures and surmises”, quoting the HC observation, the report further said.
The petitioners said that various individuals and organisations had publicly declared that they would not let women enter the shrine. When the temple opened for rituals for five days earlier this month, protesters tried to prohibit women between the ages of 10 and 50 from entering the shrine.
No woman between these ages was able to enter the temple, which was in contravention of the Supreme Court order allowing women of all ages entry, the report added.