“When any young woman tries to enter Sabarimala, our activists will commit suicide,” a Shiv Sena Kerala activist said.
Our women activists will gather near Pamba river as part of suicide group: Peringammala Aji, Shiv Sena Kerala | Photo from Twitter: ANI
- Shiv Sena has put together a seven-devotee squad
- Shiv Sena Kerala claimed squad will commit suicide if women enter Sabarimala
- Party will gather near the Pamba river to hold sit-in protest
On October 12 a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporter said that women who come to enter the Sabarimala temple must be ripped in half.
Just a day after the aforementioned statement, Shiv Sena’s Kerala unit on Saturday warned that their women activists will commit suicide if any young woman tries to enter the shrine.
The Shiv Sena has put together a seven-devotee squad and has claimed that they will commit suicide if women enter the Sabarimala Ayyappa shrine.
“We cannot say what will happen if women enter the temple. We won’t be able to say if it gets violent. We cannot predict the nature of Ayyappa devotees.”
– Member of the Shiv Sena Kerala unit, Peringammala Aji said
The Shiv Sena is planning to mobilise 1,000 people from each district of Kerala on October 17. The party plans to gather near the Pamba river and the ghat region of Nilakkal for a sit-in protest.
While many, including the Kerala state government, welcomed the decision, a large number of devotees have organised protests, demanding to retain the age-old tradition.
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