HC rejects advocacy for the formulation of "vritam"

A Kerala High Court Divisional Court on Wednesday rejected a petition to ask Sabarimala Tantri to formulate a "vritam" (vow) for women ages 10 to 50, from 41 to 21 days old. , to allow them to undertake a pilgrimage to the temple.

The motion was filed by Mr. K. Narayanan Potti. According to him, tantri, being the chief priest of the temple, was required to formulate "vritam" to be observed by women intending to go on pilgrimage to Sabarimala.

He also alleged that Tantri's recent position that he would close the temple if a woman aged 10 to 50 had visited the temple was contrary to the law established by the Supreme Court.

The court found that the application for interim measures justifying the intervention of the court was unfounded. The petitioner failed to provide binding legal provisions and binding precedents for the court to issue instructions.

At the same time, the state government, in a statement filed in the High Court, said that there was no restriction on the entry of press people to Sabarimala and its neighboring localities. Neither the media nor the faithful devotees were prevented by the police. In fact, the police had made all areas safe for pilgrims.

Combing operations

The government stressed that it had become necessary to comb all areas for security reasons. In this context, all the people were asked to leave the premises. After the combing, journalists were allowed to enter the area after 4 November. The district collector of Pathanamthitta issued orders under article 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, from November 3 to November 6 at midnight, barring any meeting, procession, or illegal meeting. and any type of prayer meeting (namajapa yajnam), walk between Elavungal and Sannidhanam to allow the faithful to have a peaceful darsan in Sabarimala.

The court also rejected another written petition stating that the state government did not have to comply with the verdict of the Supreme Constitutional Court authorizing the entry of women into the slice. age of 10 to 50 years because it was only a statement.

The petition was filed by the National Association of Ayyappa Devotees.