Trupti Desai shot to fame for her activism to make women enter in every shrine where they have been forbidden due to certain rules of different religious sects. The question is whether she wants to visit these places as a devotee or tourist, for she wants her trip to Sabarimala to be sponsored by Kerala government!
Pathanamthitta: Sabarimala temple doors are slated to open on November 16 and activist Trupti Desai is all set to attempt entering the shrine the next day. What's curious, Desai has requested the Kerala government to bear all her expenses for the tour.
Taxpayers money is not supposed to be spent on personal activities of individual citizens, and a religious activity like pilgrimage is supposed to be private in nature.
Desai has approached Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan seeking police protection for her, too. She has informed the chief minister that she would reach Kerala on November 16 and stay at a guest house in Kottayam before making her way uphill on Saturday.
Desai, in her letter to Vijayan, also marked to PM Narendra Modi, Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and Kerala DGP, said, the expense will include travel, accommodation and food and that she was willing to submit all bills in this regard.
Desai also said that she, along with six other women, would enter Sabarimala in Kerala, while adding that she has also received threats on social media.
Desai detailed some of the threats she received. She said that some threatened to cut off her hands and legs the moment she lands at the airport in Kerala.
Desai is apparently building up a buzz around her by talking to media and writing to the top-most executives of the Centre and the state of Kerala.
The News Minute reported Desai stating in her letter that some Ayyappa devotees and party activists may create disturbance and blame her as being responsible for this. According to the report, her letter says that some threats include references to cutting off her legs and hands and despatching damaged bodies to Maharashtra.
The temple will remain open for two months for the mandala makaravilakku season. The Supreme Court has said that the review petitions would be heard from January 22 in an open court, but has said there would be no stay on the earlier verdict until then.
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Last Updated Nov 16, 2018, 6:37 PM IST