Kerala HC appointed monitoring committee to assess on-ground situation at Sabarimala


THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala High Court has appointed a three-member monitoring committee to take stock of the Situation in Sabarimala temple and the team will visit the temple shrine today.

As per the report, the HC has received numerous complaints about the lack of facilities in the hill shrine. Following, the committee was set up by the Court on Sunday and held its first meeting in Aluva.

The HC directed the team to assess and submit the suggestions to ensure the needs of the devotees.

The three-member committee includes Justice PR Raman, Justice S Sirijagan and ADGP Hemachandran.

“We will visit Pamba, Nilakkal and Sannidhanam and assure the existing facilities. If there are any additional facilities required for the devotees, the committee will suggest that too. Our priority is the basic needs, which include toilet, water facilities and food. These things should be available for all. We will assess all these things during our visit”, Justice PR Raman said after the meeting.

Earlier, the High Court had ordered that no protests or demonstrations should be held at Sabarimala.

The Kerala cops have imposed Section 144 in Nilakkal, Pamba and Sannidhanam as a precautionary measure.

The section of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), which prohibits assembly of more than four people at a place has been put in place, as the state braces for a bout of fresh protests against the entry of women into the hill shrine.

The temple opened for annual pilgrimage season on November 16, as a fierce standoff continued between the state government and protesters over the entry of menstruating women to the temple, allowed by the apex court’s September 28 verdict.

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”.




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