Thiruvananthapuram: After activist Trupti Desai announced that she would visit Sabarimala temple, Shiv Sena group on Saturday stated that they would stage mass suicide. This announcement came after the Supreme Court verdict on September 28 allowing the entry of women of all age groups into Kerala’s Sabarimala temple.

Not only Shiv Sena, but this Supreme Court verdict has invited the wrath of a section of Keralites and many other people around the world.

P Aji, a senior Shiv Sena leader, told IANS that their "suicide squads" comprising men and women above 50 are ready for the "supreme sacrifice".

"Our members will be stationed at various places in and around the (Sabarimala) temple and if any woman, who is not supposed to enter the temple, is granted access, then our suicide squad members will commit suicide," warned Aji.

"We want the temple tradition and culture to be protected and that's our only demand. Hundreds of our activists will reach the temple town on October 17 and guard all entry points to the famed temple," added Aji.

The police in Kollam district on Saturday registered a case against Mollywood actor Kollam Thulasi, who made a controversial statement that women who enter Sabarimala temple after the Supreme Court verdict must be "ripped in half". 

Thulasi made this statement while speaking at an NDA rally in Kollam, Kerala. Thulasi said one half of the woman should be sent to the state chief minister's office in Thiruvananthapuram and the other half to Delhi. Thulasi also criticised the judges of the Supreme Court claiming that they delivered a verdict that is against their tradition and beliefs.

"As a Malayalee, if I have to give my life for Lord Ayyappa, I will do it. But I won't allow a single woman between the age group of 10 and 50 to enter Sabarimala," said Hareesh, a native of Kollam district.

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