"This is a matter related to customs and faith. "

Women entering Sabarimala Oomen Chandy says govt wont interfere with customs and tradition
news Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 13:42

Amid debate on the issue of entry of women in the age group of 10 to 50 in the Lord Ayyappa Temple at Sabarimala, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Sunday made it clear that his government would not interfere in the customs and traditions of the hill shrine.

"Government doesn't interfere beyond a point on matters with regard to (religious) customs and faith," Chandy said when asked about the stand of his government on the issue.

The Chief Minister, who is in the midst of the assembly election campaign, said his government has already made its stand clear on the issue of Sabarimala where entry of women in the age group of 10 to 50 is banned.

"There are persons who have the right to deal with matters related to aith and customs...Let them take decisions on such issues," Chandy told PTI, reacting to a query.

When it was pointed out that some Hindu organisations and even the RSS have supported women's entry at temples, Chandy said, "We don't want to get into that controversy."

"This is a matter related to customs and faith. There are people who have the right to take decisions on such issues," he said.

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