Campaign to collect 1.5 crores signatures against women entry at Sabarimala temple


PATHANAMTHITTA: Sabarimala Karma Samithi has decided to collect 1.5 crore signatures from devotees before November 13, when the Supreme Court will reconsider the review petitions against its September 28 verdict on young women entry to Sabarimala temple.


The signatures will be presented before the President of India, and they are already started to collecting signatures for this.

On November 11 and 12, the Sabarimala Karma Samithi will conduct a protection meets, which will be held at all district headquarters  

The meetings will be organised under the leadership of RSS, with a target of  25,000 people for each meeting, and the participation of women is ensured in all the meetings.

The Sangh Parivar has organised a meeting with the leaders on November 13, to take the necessary steps after the SC verdict on the issue on the same day. If the order on the review petitions is not favourable, the stir would have to be given a new shape. There are chances for the RSS to move to the central government before November 13.

The RSS leadership feels that the blockage of a 52-year-old lady has taken the sheen off the stir. The Karma Samithi said that members of an extreme Hindu organization were responsible for the incident.

The BJP is conducting the 'Rath Yatra' from Kasargod to Pathanamthitta, to "save the customs and traditions" of the hill shrine.

Through this event, BJP is looking up to ensure the participation of at least one lakh people in the last day, and they are also planning to bring the party’s President Amit Shah for the programme.

On September 28, the five-judge bench headed by former Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra lifted the entry ban on women in the temple, saying the centuries-old custom at the shrine was not an essential religious practice and “the attribute of devotion to divinity cannot be subjected to the rigidity and stereotypes of gender”.

The shrine had opened on October 18, the first time after the Supreme Court's verdict, allowing women in menstruating age groups to enter the temple.

Then the temple reopened on the evening of November 5, to celebrate 'Chithira Attavisesham' the birth anniversary of Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma, the last king of Travancore.

After that, the door will open on November 17 for the three-month-long Mandalam Makaravilakku celebrations.

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