The Kerala government today revised the list of menstruating women who had entered the Sabarimala shrine. Earlier, it may be recalled that the CPM-led LDF government in its affidavit submitted in the Supreme Court, claimed that 51 women of that age had entered the Ayyappa temple.
As this figure has raised severe criticism and many of names found not correct, the government was forced to revise the figure. Now, it came to the conclusion that only 17 women, one third of the earlier figure, entered the shrine.
A panel headed by Chief Secretary Tom Jose revised the list and brought down the number to 17. The state government stated that out of the 51 mentioned, 30 women on the list were above the age of 50 and four men were also named on the list. Therefore, those 34 names have now been removed.
The panel, which included additional chief secretary (home) and state police chief, submitted the report in response to petitions filed by Reshma Nishant and other young women who had attempted to visit Sabarimala, but were forced to return due to protests.
In its report, the panel also talked about how facilities atop the hill shrine need to be increased. “More primary facilities and drinking water need to be made available as young women also join the pilgrimage. Additional police security is also needed,” the panel said in its report.