Sabarimala protests unacceptable: Kerala HC

Sabarimala protests unacceptable: Kerala HC
The High Court said that the protests are not acceptable as they are against the verdict of the Supreme Court.
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Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Thursday turned down a bail plea by a man arrested last month, saying protests against the entry of women to the Sabarimala temple were unacceptable.

"The protests at Sabarimala are not acceptable as it is against the verdict of the Supreme Court," a High Court bench said, rejecting the request for bail by Kochi resident Govind Madhusudhan.

"If the bail application is considered, it will send wrong signals and similar incidents will recur again," the court said.

Madhusudhan was arrested at the temple town during protests against the entry of women of the child-bearing age, effectively opening up the shrine to all women.

The police have arrested over 3,500 people and registered close to 540 cases. Around 100 people are still in judicial custody.

The protesters last month prevented 12 women from entering the temple. Similar protests were seen when the temple opened for a day on November 5 when three women were forced to return without offering prayers.

The Ayyappa temple opened Monday for the second time in three weeks for a two-day "Sree Chitira Atta Thirunal" special puja amid unprecedented security over apprehension of protests by those opposing the Supreme Court order, allowing women of child-bearing age. Tension had prevailed at the temple Tuesday frenzied devotees tried to prevent a woman pilgrim, whom they suspected to be of the “barred” age group, from entering, prompting police to register cases against 200 persons

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