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Sabarimala Row: Travancore Devaswom Board to move SC seeking more time to allow entry to women of all age

A Padmakumar said that the Travancore Devaswom board will move to Supreme Court on Monday through Advocate Chandra Uday Singh. 

 

Pamba| Amidst the hartal across the state of Kerala over the arrest of Hindu woman leader, the Travancore Devaswom Board has decided to move to the Supreme Court to seek more time to implement its earlier verdict. The Travancore Devaswom Board known as TDB manages the Sabarimala hill shrine which is known as the abode of Lord Ayyappa.

The Devaswom Board will ask the Supreme Court to grant it more time to implement the SC verdict allowing women of menstrual age in Sabarimala.

The TDB’s move comes a day after the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government, at an all-party meeting, took a firm stand that it was bound to implement the top court order and rejected suggestions by opposition parties that it seek time from the court.

Talking to a news agency, TDB president A Padmakumar confirmed the reports. He said that the Travancore Devaswom board will move to Supreme Court on Monday through Advocate Chandra Uday Singh.

On September 28, the apex court in its verdict had struck down the age-old tradition of Sabarimala temple barring entry to women of menstrual age. The SC had allowed women of all age groups to offer prayers at the Sabarimala shrine.

The review petitions had been filed against the Supreme Court verdict. However, the SC has listed a bunch of 49 petitions to be heard in January. Meanwhile, the Kerala government has beefed up security around the hill shrine as the 41 day Makaravilakku pilgrimage season began yesterday.

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