Sabarimala row: Centre asks Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka govts to tighten security, monitor social media

WION Web Team Delhi, India Oct 19, 2018, 05.17 PM(IST)

File photo of Kerala's Sabarimala temple. Photograph:( ANI )

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In the meanwhile, opposing groups and activists have threatened that they would not allow entry of women inside the shrine.

The Central government on Friday issued an advisory to the south Indian states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka in the wake of the ongoing protests against the Supreme Court's Sabarimala verdict. 

The Centre has called for tightened security in the three states and has asked the state governments to closely monitor the spread of any "adverse" messages through social media and the Internet services, news agency PTI reported.

"All necessary precautionary measures may be taken to maintain law and order and appropriate security arrangements may be made to prevent any untoward incident," the advisory, sent by the internal security division of the home ministry, said.

In the meanwhile, opposing groups and activists have threatened that they would not allow entry of women inside the shrine. Hindu outfits plan to organise protest programmes against apex court order.

"Separately, Ayyappa devotees, Hindu outfits and certain caste-based outfits have been organising state-wide protest against the Supreme Court order. Participation in these protests has ranged from 50-3000, including participation of sizeable number of women," the advisory noted. 

"Hindu outfits have also organised a few protest programme in neighbouring states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka," it further read.

The shrine of Lord Ayyappa, located on the mountain range of the Western Ghats, opened for the first time on Wednesday after the Supreme Court verdict allowed women of all ages to enter the temple. The temple will close on October 22.

Scores of protesters, including women, have been up in arms since the verdict was pronounced. Traditionally, women of menstruating age were barred from entering the temple.

(With inputs from agencies