Kerala Devaswom Board has decided to file a review petition in the Supreme Court against the verdict allowing entry of women of all ages to Sabarimala temple. On the other hand, Kavitha Jakkal is one of the two under-50 women, who tried and failed to enter Sabarimala shrine on Friday. She had to stop 500 metres away from the shrine after the head priest told the police that if the two women enter the temple, he will close the gates and stop puja.
On her way back, Ms Jakkal told reporters that she is “very proud” for attempting to go to Sabarimala temple. “Today, we have faced a very dangerous situation. We walked 5 kilometres for Sabarimala temple and we were stopped just 100 metres away. Though we can go there if we want, Sir (police) has promised to give us full protection,” said Ms Jakkal.
Ms Jakkal, 24, a journalist from Hyderabad, was surrounded by 300 policemen as she walked from Pamba to Sannidhanam. Mother of a little boy, the journalist had earlier said, she won’t give up or stop before entering Sabarimala and will only return after darshan. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had supported her and assured security.