More than 500 women aged between 10 and 50 have registered with the online booking system for pilgrims who want to visit Kerala’s Sabarimala temple. The Kerala Police had started the portal a few years ago as a virtual queue system and to maintain records of the people entering the temple, which is now at the centre of a violent stalemate after the Supreme Court allowed the entry of women of menstruating ages.
However, the identities of the women, who are among three lakh people who have expressed interest, cannot be verified, Kerala Police, which runs the system, said. The online booking system helps devotees reserve their ‘darshan’ timings at the hill shrine.
“This data has to be taken cautiously because there is no way to validate this. The online booking on the Kerala police website doesn’t ask for an identification card before registration. It also doesn’t have a payment gateway through which we can authenticate the identities of those who have registered,” a senior police official said.
However, the online booking system with a payment gateway on the website of the Kerala government road transport corporation that runs buses to Sabarimala hasn’t seen any registration by women in the aged between 10 and 50, the officer said.