‘Obstructing women at Sabarimala violation of rights’

Many devotees scared to visit temple owing to restrictions, says SHRC member

Obstructing women devotees who wish to visit the Sabarimala temple was a violation of their human rights, a member of the Kerala State Human Rights Commission has said.

P. Mohanadas, judicial member of the commission, also said here on Thursday that many devotees were scared to visit the Sabarimala temple because of the restrictions imposed there. It was sad to see the state of affairs at Sabarimala and the difficulties devotees were facing there, he said.

Denying a devotee a chance to worship there was also a human rights violation.

However, he said that the Supreme Court did not consider customs and traditions while delivering its verdict, and only constitutional principles were looked at. Mr. Mohanadas claimed that the apex court had not directed all women to go and worship there. Those women who visited the shrine after the verdict were non-believers and activists and they were out to create trouble there. It was the government’s responsibility to prevent their attempt. Mr. Mohanadas said that the problems should have been solved through a consensus. The facilities provided to the devotees were not up to the mark, he said.

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