Sabarimala row: Ashram of preacher attacked in Kerala
Thiruvananthapuram: Days after he hailed the Supreme Court verdict on entry of women of all ages to Sabarimala, Swami Sandeepananda Giri’s Salagramam ashram at Kundamonkadavu in Kerala was attacked on Saturday, police said.
The attack took place around 2 am and two cars and a scooter were burnt, they said, adding the attackers also left a wreath at the ashram.
Swami Sandeepananda Giri, who was at the ashram when the incident took place, had welcomed the apex court order permitting women in the 10-50 age group to offer prayers at the Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala.
Condemning the attack, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who visited the ashram, told reporters that use of violence reveals the ‘ideological abjectness’ of the attackers. “No one will be allowed to take law into their hands. I have visited him and assured that stringent action will taken against the attackers,” he said.
“Swami Sandeepananda Giri champions the values of secularism and has been a strong critic against attempts to politicise religious spaces. Our society must rise against such attacks,” the CM said.
“Differing opinions and dissenting voices should be