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Protests in Sabarimala not acceptable: Kerala High Court


Kochi, Nov 8 (IANS): The Kerala High Court on Thursday turned down a bail plea by a man arrested last month, saying protests against the entry of women to the Sabarimala temple were unacceptable.

"The protests at Sabarimala are not acceptable as it is against the verdict of the Supreme Court," a High Court bench said, rejecting the request for bail by Kochi resident Govind Madhusudhan.

"If the bail application is considered, it will send wrong signals and similar incidents will recur again," the court said.

Madhusudhan was arrested at the temple town during protests against the entry of women in the age group of 10 to 50, effectively opening up the shrine to all women.

The police have arrested over 3,500 people and registered close to 540 cases. Around 100 people are still in judicial custody.

The protesters last month prevented 12 women from entering the temple. Similar protests were seen when the temple opened for a day on November 5 when three women were forced to return without offering prayers.


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  • Ahmed, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 8 2018

    Our land and people have deep rooted sentiments, which can't be overruled by just law and force. It's high time that the governments as well as the judiciary take the traditions and sentiments of this diverse population into consideration, before embarking on rigid rules, which violate the belief of its citizens.

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  • Ruben Pinto, Mangalore/Australia

    Thu, Nov 8 2018

    The SC is talking to a wall. The new norm is the writ runs from Nagpur.

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  • SMR, Karkala

    Thu, Nov 8 2018

    In the BJP has violated the Supreme Court orders of status quo in Babri Masjid issue.
    Today again BJP-RSS is doing the contempt of Supreme Court orders.

    Just saying the protest is not acceptable for Kerala High Court is enough?
    Why can't Supreme Court ban the RSS outfits that threatening the security of this nation?
    Why didn't Supreme Court ask Election Commision of India to deregister BJP for contempt of court orders?
    Is Supreme Court authority can't ask the state to arrest the people who are seen violating Supreme Court orders?
    Is Judiciary of the highest court of India is so weak?
    Jai Hind

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  • T. M., Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 8 2018

    violates section 438

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Nov 8 2018

    BJP, RSS & VHP should respect "Law of the Land" ...

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