Sabarimala verdict: Shiv Sena calls off Kerala shutdown
Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala unit of Shiv Sena on Saturday withdrew its call for a statewide shutdown on Monday to protest the Supreme Court verdict throwing open the Sabarimala temple to all women.
Party's state secretary M.S. Bhuvanendran, who alleged that the apex court verdict overlooked the temple traditions and rituals, said the party has called off the shutdown announced earlier in the day.
He cited bad weather prediction as the reason for withdrawing the shutdown call. The party also felt the shutdown would affect the ongoing flood relief works in the state, he said.
"Monday's statewide shutdown is in protest against the verdict," Bhuvanendran had said earlier.
In a related development, the Pandalam royal family, which has an integral role in the affairs of the Sabarimala temple, is learnt to have begun legal consultations to file a review petition against the apex court verdict.
The Pandalam Palace is the custodian of Sabarimala temple jewels.
In a majority 4:1 judgment, the top court also read down the provision of Kerala laws that protected the prohibition and said it could not be covered under practices essential and integral to religious practice.
Justice Indu Malhotra, the only woman judge in the five-judges bench, gave a dissenting judgment.
Chief Justice Dipak Misra reading out the judgment, also on behalf of Justice A.M. Khanwilkar, said that subversion of women's rights under the garb of physiological phenomenon cannot be allowed.
Meanwhile, state police chief Loknath Behra said on Saturday that a lot of work has to be done about welcoming women devotees in the upcoming festival season that begins in November.
"Special arrangements have to be worked for separate queues for women and all such issues concerning women devotees," said Behra.