Pathanamthitta: Journalist Kavitha Jakkal and social activist Rehana Fathima, had to return back from the gate of Sabarimala temple as the head priest of the temple denied to open it. “We have decided to lock the temple and handover the keys & leave. I stand with the devotees. I do not have any other option,” he said.
“We had brought them (journalist Kavitha Jakkal and woman activist Rehana Fatima) till temple premises but tantric & priest refused to open temple for them. While we were waiting, tantri informed me that if we attempt to take the women ahead they would close the temple,” said the Inspector General of Police S Sreejith who had accompanied these women to the temple. “It’s a ritualistic disaster. We took them up to temple & gave them protection but ‘darshan’ is something which can be done with consent of priest. We will give them (journalist Kavitha Jakkal and activist Rehana Fatima) whatever protection they want,” he added.
Earlier in the day, State Devaswom (religious trusts) Minister Kadakampally Surendran had said “People of all ages will be allowed to go there. But at the same time we won’t allow it to be a place where activists can come&showcase their power. It can’t be a place where they prove certain points of theirs.”