The Hindu Makkal Katchi has filed a petition in Kodaikanal against the proposed wedding of human rights campaigner Irom Sharmila. The organisation has alleged that allowing Irom to stay and get married in the hill station would ruin the peace and tranquility of the city.
Sharmila and her partner, Desmond Coutinho of British nationality, moved to the tourist town after she suffered a crushing defeat in the Manipur Assembly elections this year. Following this, she submitted documents in Kodaikanal for their marriage under the Special Marriage Act at sub-registrar office on July 12. As per the Act, the couple reportedly needs to give a 30-day notice period before getting married.
Opposition first came in the form of a social activist, V Mahendran in July. He made the same arguments as the Hindu Makkal Katchi and demanded that the marriage not be allowed to happen.
Now, the state President of the Hindu Makkal Katchi asks, "Why do they want to get married in Kodaikanal? They can go to Manipur where she is from or to Goa where her male friend has roots."
The party alleges that Irom and her partner are being funded by foreign forces to create problem and instigate 'aadivasis' in Kodaikanal.
"Kodaikanal already has naxalites but the aadivasis there are happy and peaceful.
Irom Sharmila however is trying to confuse then and turn them against the government," alleged Arjun.
"If she is allowed to stay there the security of an international tourist region will be compromised," he adds.
The party's general secretary Ravikumar has submitted the petition to the Kodainal DSP and the sub registrar. "On Saturday, I am meeting the ADGP to put forward this demand and not allow the marriage to happen here," he adds.