Actress Shriya Saran, who is very vocal in all matters, has condemned the famous Sabarimala Temple authorities for forbidding women from entering the sanctum sanctorum.
Way back in 2006, popular Kannada actress Jayamala triggered a raging storm, after the actress claimed that she had been to the ‘sanctum sanctorum’ of the Sabarimala holy temple and in fact ‘touched’ the deity of Lord Ayyappa. (The temple rules forbid women between the ages of 10-50 years from entering the temple.)
While the temple management said she couldn’t have entered the temple and said that she was lying, Jayamala reiterated that she was saying nothing but the truth. This paved way for the filing of a case against her and she has now been ‘charged’ with the offence of having entered the temple premises in an ‘illegal’ manner.
Jayamala, astrologer Parapanangadi Unnikrishnan and his assistant Raghupathi were charged under Section 295 A of IPC for ‘deliberate and malicious act’ intended to outrage religious feeling. Jayamala has been included as the third accused by the Crime Branch Police as it is strongly believed that the actress made such a statement only to support astrologer Unni Krishnan’s surmise during the Deva Prasannam that a woman entered the temple.
Reacting to this and coming in aid of Jayamala, Shriya has said that it’s highly surprising that women are banned from entering the ‘precincts’ of Sabarimala.
“I simply can’t understand the logic behind the decision. In fact, I can’t but admire Jayamala who acted in a courageous manner in the issue,” says Shriya.
The daring Punjabi girl, who speaks quite a lot about her religious sincerity, is peeved at the way women are prevented from entering the holy Sabarimala Hills.
“If Jayamala had really done what she claims to have done, she does deserve kudos of the highest order. I appreciate her for the sheer courage displayed by her. It’d be nice if someone clarified as to what prevented women from entering the precincts of the holy hills,” asked Shriya.
Will someone clarify the issue for the sake of Shriya?