ShIv sENA thREAt­ENs mAss suI­CIdEs

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Thiru­vanan­tha­pu­ram: The Ker­ala unit of Shiv Sena on Satur­day threat­ened to stage mass sui­cides if women in 10-50 age group are al­lowed to en­ter the Sabari­mala tem­ple in Ker­ala. P. Aji, a se­nior Shiv Sena leader, told IANS here that their “sui­cide squads” com­pris­ing men and women above 50 are ready for the supreme sac­ri­fice. “Our mem­bers will be sta­tioned at var­i­ous places in and around the (Sabari­mala) tem­ple and if any woman not sup­posed to en­ter the tem­ple is granted get ac­cess, then their sui­cide squad mem­bers will take their lives,” warned Aji. The threat comes hours af­ter gen­der equal­ity ac­tivist Trupti De­sai on Satur­day said that she is de­ter­mined to visit the tem­ple shortly. “We want the tem­ple tra­di­tion and cul­ture be pro­tected and that’s our only de­mand. Hun­dreds of our ac­tivists will reach the tem­ple town on Oc­to­ber 17 and guard all en­try points to the famed tem­ple,” added Aji. Given the ag­gres­sive pos­tur­ing of the Shiv Sena mem­bers, now all eyes will be on the way the Ker­ala govern­ment led by Chief Min­is­ter Pi­narayi Vi­jayan, who has an­nounced that the state govern­ment will en­sure ad­her­ence to the apex court ver­dict, han­dles the sit­u­a­tion when the tem­ple doors open on Oc­to­ber 18 for its rou­tine monthly pu­jas. On Septem­ber 28, the Supreme Court de­liv­ered its ver­dict against the age-old tra­di­tion that banned the en­try of women of men­stru­at­ing age be­tween 10 and 50 years into the Sabari­mala tem­ple.

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