Veteran South Indian actor Kollam Thulasi sparked a controversy on Friday after he said that women visiting Sabarimala temple should be ripped in two halves. The actor, addressing a BJP rally in Kollam didn’t stop here and went on to stress that one-half of the women must be sent to Kerala CM’s office and another half to Delhi.
”Women coming to Sabarimala temple should be ripped in half. One half should be sent to Delhi and the other half should be thrown to Chief Minister’s office in Thiruvananthapuram,” Kollam was quoted by India.com as saying.
The actor’s horrific statement has come when the state is divided, over the Supreme Court’s verdict allowing women of all ages to enter Sabarimala temple.
The state government has categorically stated that it would not file a review petition in the Supreme Court, while the Opposition Congress and BJP are protesting and have expressed solidarity with Ayyappa devotees.
Pandalam Royal Family has also thrown his weight behind protests against the order saying that court’s order does not destroy customs and traditions of Lord Ayyappa Temple.
Earlier, the Travancore Devaswom Board decided that no special arrangements or toilets will be put in place for women in Sabarimala temple asserting that even earlier women used to visit the temple with the present amenities.
Earlier today, members of the Opposition Congress and BJP staged a protest against the Supreme Court’s order, with the saffron party announcing that the protest would not be limited to Kerala, it will be expanded to other Southern states.
2 petitions have already been filed in the apex court challenging its order, the influential Nair society of the state has also approached the verdict. One of the petitioners, the National Ayyappa Devotees Association has contended that those who approached court for lifting the age restrictions on women are the devotees of Lord Ayyappa, and the decision affects the fundamental rights of millions of devotees of Ayyappa.