God Has No Gender Bias: Jayamala on Sabarimala Ban on Women

God Has No Gender Bias: Jayamala on Sabarimala Ban on Women

Submitted by Subeditor on Tue, 2016-01-12 17:02 Bengaluru: Former Kannada actress and Karnataka MLC Jayamala has said she stood vindicated by the Supreme Court observation upholding the right of women to enter the Popular Hindu shrine of Sabarimala (Why women Can't Enter Sabarimala ).  Jayamala sparked off a controversy five years ago, when she revealed that she had entered the shrine. Entry to the shrine is barred to women in menstruating age.   Jayamala’s revelation came as an expression of regret of entering the shrine, after following a ritual “Ashtamangala Devaprashna” (Ascertaing the lord's wish) where the astrologers “found” that a lady had entered the sanctum sanctorum of the temple.   In a letter written to the chief astrologer Parappanangadi Unnikrishnan who carried out “Ashtamangala Devaprashna”, the actress said that she had visited the temple in 1986 when she was 28 and she touched the feet of the idol of Lord Ayyappa. Jayamala's revelation sparked a wide spread outrage from Hindu believers and the issue was taken to the court and a case was charged against the actress.   With the Supreme Court upholding the right of women to enter the shrine, Jayamala feels that she has been vindicated. The Supreme Court has pointed out the barring of entry to women at the shrine is violative of the Constitution, which confers equal rights to all, regardless of gender.   Speaking to Bfirst.in, the actress turned politician said that as per Indian Constitution men and women are supposed to get equal consideration and all the rights that are enjoying by the men should be extended to women too.   Asserting that she had entered the temple and touched the feet of Lord Ayyappa, Jayamala said “I entered the temple in 1986. It was in 1991 the temple authorities started to restrict the entry of Women to the temple. Though a case was filed against me pertaining to the controversy, after a legal battle lasting six and a half years, I could win.”   Supporting the Supreme Court's intervention in the issue, Jayamala said that the temple authorities couldn't provide any scientific reason so far on the banning women from entering the temple.   “Nowhere in the holy books of Hindus is it mentioned that women should be restricted from entering the temple and practicing the rituals. All believers should get equal chance to worship their devotees and any kind of restriction on it can be termed as unnatural and Anti- Hindu,” she added.