AIDWA, SFI, DYFI today held a protest demonstration outside Parliament House to express
their strong objection to the purification rituals carried out by the priests after two women
visited the Sabarimala Temple. Two women visited the Sabarimala Temple as their
constitutional right under Article 25 which holds that women have an equal right to worship.
The purification ritual is demeaning to women as it being projects them as ‘impure’ and
‘unclean’. It is also a clear violation of the Supreme Court verdict.
The protesters strongly condemned the attempts of BJP-RSS backed right wing groups to create
a communal frenzy and subvert the implementation of the orders of the Supreme Court (SC) in
the Sabarimala case. They have resorted to threats and attacked the houses of the two women
imperiling the lives of their families.
The Supreme Court in its judgement in the Sabarimala case on September 28, 2018 has allowed
the entry of women of all ages into the temple. The court has said that to restrain women from
pursuing their right to worship on physiological grounds is unconstitutional.
The Modi government should bear in mind that they are duty bound to protect the rights of
Hindu women. Their opposition to women’s equal right vis-à-vis temple entry exposes their
anti-women ideology which they are trying to impose on the women of this country. We hereby
declare that we shall continue to resist all such attempts of the manuwadis.