On Monday, the Travancore Devaswom Board, which is entrusted with managing the affairs of the Sabarimala hill shrine, approached the Supreme Court asking for more time to implement the September 28 verdict allowing women of all ages to enter the temple, reports the Times of India. As reported in the Economic Times, the Travancore Devaswom Board President had, on Friday at Pamba, told the media that the TDB would be approaching the SC, citing the law and order situation there as well as other practical difficulties.
Bar and Bench reports that the miscellaneous application was filed by advocate PS Sudheer. The application stated that in order for women to be able to conduct darshan at Sabarimala, restrooms, washrooms and bathrooms for women would have to be constructed at Sabarimala, Pamba and Nillakal. The application also pointed out the difficulty posed by the order that no permanent constructions were to be built on the banks of Pamba river after the recent flooding in August.
Further, the application mentioned the acts of violence and numerous protests in and around the hill, sparked by the decision to allow women to enter the temple, and a few attempts by women to do the same. The application said that â€ścertain people and political parties which has led to severe law and order problems in the State, particularly in and around the temple.â€ť It further submitted that â€śunprecedented security and efforts of the State authorities have not discouraged the protestors from threatening and impeding the women devotees from paying obeisance at the Sabarimala temple,â€ť and that proof of these protests and violent incidents had been documented and were in the public domain thanks to print and electronic media.
Based on these points, the TDB asked the SC for more time to implement its September 28 verdict.
On November 13, the SC agreed to hear arguments of the 49 review petitions filed against its September 28 verdict allowing women to enter Sabarimala, setting a date for January 22. It refused to issue or allow a stay order on its previous 28 September verdict. The temple remains open for Mandalam-Makaravilaku season until January 20.