Sabarimala row: If we attempt to take women ahead priests would close the temple, says Kerala IG

Updated:2 months, 4 weeks ago IST

Pathanamthitta (Kerala), Oct 19 (ANI): Journalist Kavitha Jakkal of Hyderabad based Mojo TV and activist Rehana Fatima were escorted by police to Sabarimala temple amid protests on Friday. But they had to return facing strong protests from Lord Ayyappa devotees. Inspector General S Sreejith said, “We had brought them (journalist Kavitha Jakkal and woman activist Rehana Fatima) till temple premises but tantri and priest refused to open temple for them. While we were waiting, tantri informed me that if we attempt to take the women ahead they would close the temple.” “It's a ritualistic disaster that Sabarimala’s door be closed. We took them up to temple and gave them protection but 'darshan' is something which can be done with consent of priest. We will give them whatever protection they want,” added Kerala IG.

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