Will enter Sabarimala in January: Trupti Desai
Gender equality activist and founder of the Bhumata Brigade, Trupti Desai, has announced that she will enter the Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala this January.
Talking to Malayalam television channel News 18, she made it clear that it was her right to worship at any temple.
“I am coming to Kerala on 24 December and will hold meetings with like-minded women and will finalise the date,” Trupti said.
On the other hand, right wing organisations have vowed to stop her from entering the temple against traditional beliefs and customs. Rahul Easwar, president of Ayyappadharma Sena, said they would stop her from entering the temple at any cost. ‘As per the temple rules, Trupti Desai cannot come to Sabarimala. If she comes to enter the temple, we would stop her peacefully and send her back after giving her the temple ‘prasadam’,” said Easwar.
Viswa Hindu Parishad leader KP Sasikala said the gender equality activist would not be allowed to enter the temple premises.
The Kerala state government had recently told the Supreme Court that woman of all age should be allowed to worship at the temple, reversing the stand of the previous Congress-led government.
As Sabarimala Ayyappa is ‘Nithya Brahmachari’ (celibate), women aged between 10 and 50 years are not allowed to enter Sabarimala, one of the most prominent temples in southern India.