SC directs protection to two Kerala women

The Supreme Court, today, directed the Kerala government to provide adequate security to the two women who entered and offered prayers at Sabarimala Temple on January 2. A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices LN Rao and Dinesh Maheshwari said it was only going into the aspect of security to the two women and would not like to entertain any other prayer.

The bench also refused to tag the matter along with the pending petitions in the Sabarimala case. In the plea, one of the women, who was attacked by her mother-in-law, had sought security for both the women.

The plea sought directions to all authorities to allow women of all age groups to enter the temple without any hindrance and to ensure security and safe passage, including police security to women wishing to enter the temple in future. It also pointed to danger to her life and liberty.

Earlier this month, the two women — Kanakadurga and Bindu — had stepped into the shrine guarded by the police, more than three months after the apex court’s judgment lifting the ban on the entry of girls and women between 10 and 50 years of age into the shrine of Lord Ayyappa, its “eternally celibate” deity.

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