Kerala Public Service Commission (KPSC) omits question regarding the first woman to enter Sabarimala after public backlash

After major public backlash, the Kerala Public Service Commission (KPSC) has decided to omit the question regarding the entry of young women in Sabarimala, which appeared in an examination 3 April.

“Who were the first women to have entered the Sabarimala Ayyappa temple as per the Supreme Court ruling?” was a question appeared in an in the online exam for the appointment of Assistant Professor (Psychiatry) for medical education department held on 3 April.

The multiple he multiple choice question had options (a) Bindu Thankam Kalyani, CS Libi (b) Bindu Ammini, Kanakadurga (c) Sasiakala, Sobha (d) Surya Devarchana, Parvathi..

The answer key indicated option (b) as the correct answers, while the other options had the names of activists who tried to enter Sabarimala post the 28 September verdict and the name of Hindu Aikyavedi state president Sasikala as well as BJP state general secretary Shobha Surendran as well.

Two women named, Bindu Ammini and Kanaka Durga had entered the Sabarimala Ayyappa temple on 2 January following the 28 September Supreme Court verdict that set aside the centuries-old tradition of restricting women belonging to the age group of 10 and 50 from entering the temple sanctum.

Bindu, hailing from Koyilandy in Kozhikode district, and Kanaka, from Malappuram district in Kerala, entered the sanctum sanctorum at 3.45 am.