TDN World Desk: Several days ahead of the opening of Sabarimala temple for its monthly ritual event is scheduled to take place, Kollam Thulasi, a Malayalam actor delivered heated speech opposing the apex court order saying that those women who dares to enter into the temple should be “torn into pieces”.
On Friday, while addressing a rally led by supporters of BJP-NDA coalition, Kollam Thulasi who is a BJP member and contestant for 2016 assembly election, issued very aggressive statement charged up with ferocity in presence of BJP state president of Kerala, P S Sreedharan Pillai , “You mothers should go to Sabarimala. Because some women will come there. They should be torn into two pieces. One portion should be thrown to Delhi and another to the room of the chief minister. I know, you are not going… because you are all educated and sensible… Ayyappan has started working.. the mind of Devaswom minister has started changing,” The Indian Express quoted him as saying.
The ruling LDF government is also set to stage counter- campaigns against the Hindu outfits at Panchayat level asserting their governmental responsibility to implement the SC order. Devaswom Board Minister Kadakampally Surendran affirming that the devotees now could understand govt’s stand in alignment with them and pointing fingers to the right wingers like BJP and RSS, he said to the media, “They have realised that the BJP and the RSS are trying to exploit the verdict for communal agenda.”
On 28th Sept. Kerala High court passed a judgment obliterating previous rule that hindered the women, who fall in the 10-50 age group, from entering the Sabarimala temple in Kerala. The court said the exclusion of women from entering the temple is violation to their right to freely practice Hindu religion.
On Thursday , just one day before this controversial statement surfaced, BJYM, the youth wing of BJP party also staged demonstration against the apex court verdict even involved themselves in a violent skirmish with the police that compelled police to use water cannons and tear gas cells to disperse them.
In a recent development, actor Kollam Tulasi apologised for his statement. ” It is due to my deep devotion to Lord Ayyappa I said like that. But I later understood as a celebrity I shouldn’t say like this. I wholeheartedly apologise for it,” news agency ANI quoted him as saying.