Kerala | Sabarimala women's entry; Congress vows to pass law in favour of devotees

Kerala | Sabarimala women's entry; Congress vows to pass law in favour of devotees

The drafted legislation also give full powers to the "Tantri" or the Chief priest to take decisions on the customs and traditions of the temple.

The Congress party in Kerala is planning to bring a legislation on women's entry to the famed Sabarimala temple that could prove to be a major political move by the UDF ahead of the Assembly polls as it seeks jail term for those breaking the century old tradition.

Senior Congress leader and former Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan has publicised a draft of the legislation to be brought by the party if it comes to power.

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Addressing the media, Radhakrishnan said that according to the draft, those who violate the customs and traditions while entering into the Sabarimala temple, will face arrest and imprisonment for a period of two years.

The drafted legislation also give full powers to the "Tantri" or the Chief priest to take decisions on the customs and traditions of the temple.

In the 2019 General elections, the CPI(M)-led LDF was trounced as the Congress-led UDF got 19 out of the 20 seats. This was attributed to the ire of the Hindu community against the CPI-M and Pinarayi Vijayan allowing women of the banned age-group to enter the hill shrine which is considered sacred as the deity Lord Ayyappa is considered a "Brahmachari".

Women of age group between 10 and 50 are not allowed to enter the hill shrine but a Supreme Court's verdict had allowed entry of women of all ages to the temple.

The opposition's UDF and the BJP had alleged that the affidavit produced by the LDF government before the top court had resulted in such a verdict.

The drafted legislation by the Congress though has sent shock waves across the CPI(M) and the BJP.

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