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Sentiments of devotees cannot be ignored: RSS leader on Sabarimala verdict

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In the wake of protests across Kerala against the Supreme Court’s verdict allowing women of all ages to enter the Sabarimala shrine in Kerala, a top RSS leader on Wednesday stated that “sentiments of devotees cannot be ignored while considering the judgment”, and advised stakeholders to explore the possibility of a review petition.

The RSS had earlier officially welcomed the court’s verdict.

The Sangh leader also criticised the CPI(M)-led government in Kerala for implementing the top court’s order without taking “sentiments of the devotees” into consideration.

In a statement, RSS general secretary Bhaiyyaji Joshi, number two in the organisation, said, “In the case of Sabarimala Devasthanam it is an issue of a local temple tradition and faith to which sentiments of millions of devotees, including women, are attached. These sentiments of devotees cannot be ignored while considering the judgment.”