550 young women apply for darshan at Sabarimala
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.