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Shiv Sena activists threaten to commit suicide if women enter Sabarimala

ANI  |  Trivandrum (Kerala) [India] 

With Temple slated to open its door next week for a monthly ritual, Shiv Sena's unit on Saturday warned that their women activists will commit suicide if any young woman tries to enter the shrine.

A member of the unit, told ANI that their women squad will gather near the on October 17 and 18 as part of their so-called suicide group.

"Our women activists will gather near the on October 17 and 18 as part of a suicide group. When any young woman tries to enter Sabarimala, our activists will commit suicide," Aji said.

On October 1, the had staged a statewide strike for 12 hours in after the directed lifting restrictions on the entry of women in the Temple.

While pronouncing the order on September 28, the former of (CJI) Dipak Misra said that the ban on women from entering the temple violated the constitutional principles of the country. He further said that the rights of women should be no lesser than their male counterparts, and devotion cannot be subjected to gender discrimination.

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

The temple, located in Kerala's district, is dedicated to deity Ayyappan. The temple management considers the deity to be eternal celibate which debarred women from entering the temple.

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First Published: Sat, October 13 2018. 14:20 IST
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