Anger spills onto Kerala streets: Lakhs of women protest against SC’s Sabarimala Verdict

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    Justice Indu Malhotra emerges hero of common women; Chandrachud poster-boy of Left-liberals 

    Kerala on Tuesday witnessed a series of protests across the state. Composed of mostly women, a majority of them young women, devotees took out marches chanting ‘Swamiye Saranam Ayyappa’. Ignoring anti-Hindu cyber campaign and tirade launched by the CPI(M), people cutting across party lines showed up in huge numbers.

    Protest in Delhi

    In Pandalam, where Lord Ayyappa is believed to have born, women in led the march. The one-kilometre-long procession ended at Pandalam palace, the birthplace of Lord Ayyappa. Members of social organisations, members of Pandalam royal family participated in the march which was organised under the banner of Ayyappa Dharma Samrakshana Samithi.

    “Women were in the forefront. There is anger brewing among the Hindu society. Some Western vainglorious judges cannot decide what is good for us. It is our tradition and non-discriminatory. The Communists are termites, they are always anti-Hindu. I am from a Communist family but this is not acceptable,” said Radhika, a former member of the CPI(M).

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    Hundreds of women turned up in front of Pampa Ganapathy temple and pledged not to put donations to temple “to enrich Communist-led” Travancore Devaswom Board. Although they were protesting against the Supreme Court verdict, the anger was directed against the Marxists. “The Sabarimala temple is not the family property of Pinarayi Vijayan. I don’t want to say anything more in front of the temple,” said a visibly angry Kalyani, 65. Her daughter and granddaughter also pledged in front of the temple.

    Women taking out prayer march in Delhi

    In many places on the national highway, youths blocked traffic and shouted slogans.

    Prayer marches were taken out in Palakkad, Ranni, Konni, Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Kozhikode Kasaragod and other places.

    Meanwhile, Mahila Morcha of BJP and other Hindu organisations have planned a series of protest marches in the state demanding a law protecting the traditions of the temple. “Nobody will be allowed to tamper with the uniqueness of the temple. Why the court wants to impose something the women do not want. Some deranged feminists may want it. A Muslim man has filed the case. What is his interest in the temple,” asked Radhakrishnan, an auto-driver in Kochi.

    Devotees under the banner of  Ayyappa Seva Sangham took out a protest march at Jantar Mantar, Delhi, to protest the verdict. They were holding posters of Supreme Court judge Justice Indu Malhotra, who wrote a dissenting verdict in the Sabarimala Verdict.

    Protest in Kochi

    Similarly, protests were held in other cities of Nagpur, Chennai, Mumbai and other cities.

    Protest in Canada

    A protest is being planned on Wednesday in British Columbia, Canada by the Indian community. “I am a Punjabi. I don’t know much about Sabarimala. But this is clear evidence of court’s interference into religious affairs of Hindus. I am angry at the state-of-affairs of Hindus in India. I thought after PM Modi’s victory, things would be alright. But that hope is fading,” said Rakesh Mittal, a businessman.