Sabarimala Board seeks more time to implement the order to allow women into temple

In a sudden development, the Travancore Devaswom Board, which manages the Sabarimala shrine, has decided today to approach the Supreme Court seeking more time to implement its order allowing women in the menstrual age to offer prayers at the Lord Ayyappa temple.

The decision was taken after discussion with legal experts and board members, said TDB President A Padmakumar, a day ahead of the commencement of the two-month long annual pilgrim season. The board will move the court either Saturday or Monday, he said even as the temple opened Friday evening amid mounting tension in the backdrop of the stand-off over protests by devotees against entry of the women in 10-50 age group.

Meanwhile, social activists Trupti Desai who vowed to offer prayers at Sabarimala temple has been asked to return to Pune, amid ongoing protests.Desai, along with six other young women associates have been held up inside the airport for over ten hours. Later in the evening, she has called off her plan and planning to return to Pune as advised by police officials because of the deteriorating law and order situation there.

Rahul Easwar, president of the Ayyappa Dharma Sena, which is among the organisations protesting against the entry of women of all ages into the Sabarimala, also threatened that social activist Trupti Desai will have to step on the chest of protestors to enter the shrine.

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