Kerala government claims 51 women of prohibited age entered Sabarimala shrine since SC verdict, opposition calls the figures fake

Stoking yet another major controversy surrounding the Sabarimala situation in Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan government in Kerala has claimed that 51 women of reproductive age have entered the shrine, since the Supreme Court abolished the ban on the entry of female devotees aged between 10-50.

The claims were made by the Kerala government before Supreme Court during the hearing of a petition by left-wing activists Bindu and Kanakadurga, both of whom had trespassed inside the Sabarimala shrine couple of weeks ago at midnight with assistance from police.

Apart from making the claims before Supreme Court, the Kerala government also released digitised details of all the women who made an entry inside the shrine in past couple of months. The government claimed that these women used the virtual queue system to book slots.

“Over 7,000 women in the age group of 10 to 50 years had registered online to enter Sabarimala in this season; of them, 51 women have already entered the temple without any issues, and scanned their tickets after they returned from the Sannidhanam,” reportedly said GN Prakash, the counsel representing Kerala government.

The Kerala Government claimed that 7564 women in the age group of 10-50, registered for a visit at Sabarimala through ‘Digital Queue Management System’ managed of the Kerala police, out of which 51 have arrived so far.

However, those opposing the Kerala government have accused it of misleading the apex court by presenting forged numbers. Pratheesh Viswanath, the lawyer and VHP activist, alleged that the Kerala government in its documents faked the age of women who were actually above the traditionally prohibited age. Several other people also came up to make similar allegations of the forgery against the Pinarayi Vijayan led government.

With this new move from the Kerala government, it is clear that Sabarimala issue will remain on the headlines for a number of days to come. Both traditionalists, who are against the entry of women of prohibited age and the self-declared reformists who enjoy support of the state government, seem to be adament on their respective stances. Any solution to the dispute seems to be far away at this point of time.