In an article that appeared in the party mouthpiece Deshabhimani, Kerala CPI (M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has written that he strongly supports the entry of women in Sabarimala.
By pointing out how the Supreme Court urged women’s entry to the hill shrine, the CPI (M) leader says that the Devaswom Board and UDF government had an anti-women attitude on the issue.
He writes that the Devaswom Board president Prayar Gopalakrishnan behaves as if the hill would be destroyed, if women from the age group of 10 to 50 years enter Sabarimala.
He also strongly condemned the protest led by the Devaswom board on the issue. Kodiyeri says that the ultimate decision should be taken after the apex court’s verdict on the issue.
“Misguiding believers in the name of religion and tradition is not good. Congress should mention whether their ideology is against women’s equality. Let the women Congress also express their opinion,” Kodiyeri said challenging the Congress on the issue.
“CPI (M) completely supports women’s entry. Sabarimala issue cannot be considered as a mere tradition. Only those who bear the fascist ideologies consider it as a tradition. Feudals believed in male hypocrisy and female slavery. Such kind of people were behind prohibiting lower caste people from entering inside temples in the past when kings used to rule,” he writes.
In the article, he also points that CPI (M) had always protested against the false practices of all religions including Islam and Christianity.
He says that if menstruation was the reason for denying women entry in Sabarimala, then it is absurdity, because it is a woman’s trait and not a drawback.
“Women are capable of competing with men. So it is not good to segregate them from a public place like Sabarimala. Some have claimed that if women are allowed in the shrine, the men believers would lose their spirituality. Such claims are an insult to the believers,” he says.
Meanwhile, in the wake of this article, Prayar Gopalakrishnan has informed that he would resign from his post if the government asks for it. He also said that Sabarimala is not an issue that anybody passing on the street can criticize or pass a judgement on.