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Kollam Thulasi apologises for derogatory remark on women

ANI  |  Kollam (Kerala) [India] 

Hours after Thulasi was booked on account of the derogatory remark made by him on the entry of women into the temple, the issued an apology on Saturday.

"It is due to my deep devotion to Lord Ayyappa I spoke like that. But I later understood that as a celebrity, I shouldn't have made a statement like this. I wholeheartedly apologise for this (remark)," the said.

On September 28, quashed all restrictions imposed on the entry of women into the Temple, and observed that "no physiological and biological factor can be given legitimacy if it doesn't pass the test of conditionality".

While many, including the state government, welcomed the decision, a large number of devotees have organised protests, demanding to retain the age-old tradition.

Thulasi, while addressing a public gathering on Friday, had suggested that women who enter the temple should be ripped into two. "One half should be sent to and the other half should be thrown towards Chief Minister's (Pinarayi Vijayan) office in Thiruvananthapuram," he added. Subsequently, the was booked by the Police.

The Temple, located in Kerala's district, is dedicated to deity Ayyappa. The temple management argues that the deity is eternal celibate, and thus women of menstruating ages should be forbidden from entering the temple.

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First Published: Sat, October 13 2018. 21:15 IST
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