From large number of devotees protesting against the entry of women to the Sabarimala Temple to some women activists trying to enter temple to hurt religious sentiments, the Sabarimala temple witnessed sequence of tragic events after the top court’s ruling
The communist Government of Kerala as well as police force stood in favour of verdict and tried their best to implement it. Kerala IGP S Sreejith stated that the police will do their duty at any cost and will do everything possible to implement the Supreme Court verdict
The top cop had been under severe criticism from devotees and various other political parties for escorting activist Rehana Fathima and a Hyderabad-based journalist towards the sanctum of Sabarimala. The Jama’ath council of Kerala also accused him of allowing anti-social elements to don police jackets and lathis, in a statement that declared the expulsion of Rehana Fathima from the Muslim community.He was also accused by leader of Opposition in Kerala Legislative Assembly Ramesh Chennithala. Ramesh Chennithala alleged that IG Sreejith violated police rules and allowed women to wear police gear to enter Sabarimala.
The top cop was also seen negotiating and appealing to the protesting devotees taking off his helmet and riot gear. “I am also an Ayyappa devotee,” he was heard telling them.”I am not going back on the stance. I am doing everything that the law says. Those women have the right to be here. I am not going back without taking them to the shrine. It is a temple, kindly stay calm,” he had told the protesting devotees.
But now it is being reported that the Kerala IGP S Sreejith who was at the target of devotees for escorting the women activists was seen weeping while offering prayers at the sanctum sanatorium of the temple
When contacted by Outlook India.com, the Inspector General refused to comment on the matter. “It was a very personal act of mine,” he said
But According to other reports, he was repenting in front of Lord Ayyappa for the mistake done by him. Explaining his position to the protesters after he had offered prayers he stated that he was bound by his duty. He was under the pressure of the Government of Kerala. It was not his personal decision to get women inside the temple. “I had to make a difficult choice,” the IG was quoted as saying by various sources.
Source: Outlook India.com