Sabarimala Temple: Shiv Sena Threatens Mass Suicide If Women Enter The Shrine, Thousands Of Lord Ayyappa Devotees Also Stage Protest
The outfit claimed that a seven-member suicide squad was ready to ‘resist’ those defying the customs of shrine.
Shiv Sena on Saturday announced that its party workers will commit mass suicide if any girl in the 10-50 age group enters the Sabarimala Ayyappa shrine in Kerala.
Sena district president Peringammala Aji said hundreds of Sena workers, including elderly women, would congregate at Nilakkal and Pamba, when the temple opens for Mandalakala pilgrimage on October 17, reported The Times of India.
”We would do everything possible to stop young women from crossing the Pamba. They would be able to trek the hill only by stepping over the dead bodies of our workers. Be it Tripti Desai or anyone else, our workers wouldn’t let anybody break customs,” the Sena leader said.
The outfit claimed that a seven-member suicide squad was ready to ‘resist’ those defying the customs of the shrine.
Apart from Shiv Sena leaders, thousands of Lord Ayyappa devotees took to the streets in Kochi to protest against the entry of women in the Sabarimala temple. Reportedly, a large number of them were women, who urged the Union and State government to order a review of the Supreme Court’s decision.
Earlier on Saturday, an FIR was filed by Kerala Police against actor Kollam Thulasi for saying that the “women who dare to enter Sabarimala temple should be torn into two pieces”.
The Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) government in the state has decided to implement the apex court’s ruling. The party also held a meeting to evaluate the preparations at the temple which is set to open on October 17.