RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has expressed concern that the Supreme Court did not address the religious sentiments the majority community (Hindus) in the country, while allowing the women to worship at the temple of Lord Ayappa in Kerala in September last year.
Addressing the Dharam Sansad, organised by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, at the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj, he deplored that the Supreme Court did not think that the honour of millions of Hindus will be hurt by this decision.
In fact, two proposals – Sabrimala controversy and need of a movement on lines of Ram temple and checking the division of Hindu community on caste and other similar lines — were put forth for the discussion on the inaugural day of two-day religious conclave at Kumbh.
The official stand of the RSS is supposedly opposed to Supreme Court verdict of September 28, 2018, that threw open the doors of the shrine to women of all ages against the decades-old ban on the entry of female devotees between the ages of 10 and 50 years.
The Sangh Parivar has been of the view that the Supreme Court ruling is in contravention to deity’s own rules and it amounts to violation of the customs and traditions of the temple.
Asserting that the devotees of Lord Ayyappa, who is worshipped across the world, are inseparable part of larger Hindu society, he alleged that a conspiracy is being hatched to divide the majority Hindus on caste lines and other parameters and they are not aware of the designs of these forces.
“We have to educate the Hindus and make them aware of social equality and the cultural and traditional prosperity of Hindu society. We have to consolidate the socio-cultural position of Hindus,” he added.