A third woman enters the Hindu temple of Sabarimala:
A third woman managed to enter a Hindu temple in Sabarimala dedicated to the god Ayappa, despite Hindu activists mobilized to prevent women from entering this sanctuary.
“She entered the temple late Thursday night. She is 47 years old and came to pray. We know and monitor the situation,” said Balram Kumar Upadhyay, a Kerala state police official, where the temple is located.
This sanctuary dedicated to Ayappa deity is one of the most sacred of Hinduism and has been the subject of a twenty-year legal battle around its prohibition to all women between 10 and 50 years. The battle ended on September 28, 2018 with a Supreme Court ruling finding the measure discriminatory.
But Hindu traditionalists refuse to accept this decision and activists have taken turns since before the temple to prevent its application. On Wednesday, two women in their forties had, for the first time, reached the temple before dawn, under police protection and without the knowledge of the faithful traditionalists.
This intrusion has led to numerous demonstrations and clashes between traditionalists and the police, as well as more than 750 arrests. The police chief said Friday’s situation was “normal for the moment”
The right to piss protected by the Constitution:
Hindu activists claim that religious traditions fall within the realm of belief and cannot be altered by the Supreme Court. An argument rejected by feminists like Ranjana Kumari, director of the Center for Social Research, interviewed by our correspondent.
“The right to pray is a right protected by the Indian Constitution, just like the right to life and dignity. If that were not the case, four Supreme Court justices would not have passed this judgment authorizing the women in Sabarimala. In addition, temples are institutions built on public land and with public funds. In such a place, you cannot discriminate. And it is for this reason that it is no longer allowed to forbid the untouchable to enter the temples. ”
India Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sir, however, has just justified this discrimination against women, in the name of respect for the tradition of this temple. A position that goes against the recent decision of the Supreme Court. But whose goal is certainly to galvanize his Hindu electorate on the eve of the legislative elections next May.