Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) president A Padmakumar on Friday evening announced that the board will appeal to the Supreme Court seeking time to implement its September 28 verdict allowing women of all ages to enter the Sabarimala temple in Kerala.
Speaking to the media at the Pamba Guest house following a meeting with the members, Padmakumar said that the Devaswom Board has discussed in detail the September 28 verdict allowing women into the temple, the review and writ petitions following the verdict, and the Supreme Court’s final stance on the issue.
"We appeal to the Supreme Court to give time to implement its verdict," he said.
The TDB president also stated that the board will bring to the notice of the SC the serious problems that the devotees had to face during the Thulamasa puja and the Atta thirunal puja.
When asked about the time duration they are seeking from the court, Padmakumar said that "it is up to the court to decide”. "We will file the petition on Monday but if possible, we will file it tomorrow itself," he added.
Padmakumar also stated that they would alert the SC on issues at Sabarimala post floods. "Most importantly, we will point out to the SC about the destruction of facilities caused due to the floods and also inform them about orders given by the State forest department and the central-empowered committees to not construct any more buildings in Pamba," said Padmakumar.
The Supreme Court agreed to hear the 49 review petitions filed against the September 28 verdict allowing women to enter Sabarimala, in open court on January 22. However, until then, the earlier verdict holds good, the court stated. With women having the right to enter the temple until January 22, activist Trupti Desai of Maharashtra’s Right to Pray movement, along with six other women of the Bhumata Brigade, arrived at the Cochin Airport in Kerala to visit the temple. However, the group has been forced to go back to Pune with massive protests happening outside the airport against their visit.
(With inputs from Sreedevi Jayarajan)