550 young women ap­ply for dar­shan at Sabari­mala

The New Indian Express - - FRONT PAGE - AJAY KANTH

Madras HC di­rects the trial court to look into all ma­te­rial and frame proper and nec­es­sary charges in re­spect of each and ev­ery ac­cused in multi-crore tele­phone ex­change scam case | THE up­com­ing Man­dala-Makar­avi­lakku sea­son, start­ing No­vem­ber 17, may be chaotic at Ker­ala’s Sabari­mala tem­ple with 550 young women book­ing dates for their dar­shan at the hill-top tem­ple us­ing the on­line por­tal sabari­malaq.com run by the Ker­ala Po­lice.

While in­tel­li­gence agen­cies have warned of a to­tal break­down of law-and-or­der sit­u­a­tion in Sabari­mala if any young woman tries to visit the tem­ple in vi­o­la­tion of cus­toms, the po­lice will de­cide its strat­egy only af­ter No­vem­ber 13, when the Supreme Court will con­sider writ and re­view pe­ti­tions against the en­try of young women to the tem­ple.

When the shrine was opened for monthly poo­jas on Oc­to­ber 18 and on the oc­ca­sion of ‘Chithira At­tavishe­sham’ on No­vem­ber 5, the po­lice were able to dis­suade a few woman cit­ing volatile law and or­der sit­u­a­tion.

Ex­perts point out that if a young woman who has reg­is­tered for dar­shan through the Ker­ala po­lice por­tal comes to trek Sabari­mala, the po­lice will have no op­tion but to fa­cil­i­tate dar­shan be­cause the on­line book­ing sys­tem is a for­mal com­mit­ment given by the po­lice to a ci­ti­zen en­sur­ing dar­shan.

An­tic­i­pat­ing a to­tal break­down of law and or­der this sea­son, the po­lice have al­ready started over­haul­ing the se­cu­rity mea­sures.

“We are de­vis­ing spe­cific se­cu­rity mech­a­nism to en­sure law and or­der at Sabari­mala and will en­force it,” said Ker­ala Po­lice Chief Lok­nath Be­hera.

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