The Kerala High Court on Monday criticized the brutal police crackdown on devotees at Nilakkal, Pampa and Sabarimala from October 19 to 22. The police said that the police actions were against the ethos of a civilized society. It asked the government to take action against cops who brutalized devotees and destroyed vehicles.
Recently, it had warned the Kerala government against excessive police arrests and said it will have to pay a price if people are unnecessarily harassed.
In another significant order, the court refused police protection to four women devotees who wanted to enter the Sabarimala temple.
The high court also took assurance from the state government on protection to devotees as the temple opens in November. The Mandalam season will start on November 17 and it will end with Makaravilakku celebrations. Last year about 5 crore devotees visited the temple during this season.