Sabarimala temple: KHRC claims gross violation of Human Rights of devotees, directs officials to ensure basic facilities

Thiruvananthapuram: Observing that there was a gross violation of human rights of Sabarimala devotees, the Kerala Human Rights Commisison (KHRC) Sunday directed the TDB, DGP and Local Self Government Department to ensure that basic facilities were provided to pilgrims at the temple complex.

Police stand inside the premises of the Sabarimala temple in Pathanamthitta. Reuters

Police stand inside the premises of the Sabarimala temple in Pathanamthitta. Reuters

Acting on a complaint, the commission said there was a gross human rights violations at Sabarimala Sannidhanam, Nilackal and Pamba. Taking a strong view of the lack of facilities for devotees at the shrine, visited by lakhs of devotees from all over the country and abroad, the commission directed the Travancore Devawom Board (TDB) Commissioner, Secretary LSGD and DGP to intervene in the matter urgently. The officials have been asked to file a report within two weeks, Commission member P Mohandas said.

The Ayyappa devotees visiting the shrine have been denied all basic amenities, the commission said. "The toilet facilties are so poor that human faecus is now flowing in Pamba river making it more filthy, causing severe health hazard to the devotees and others," the commission said.

There is no water in the toilets, forcing them to make pamba river filthy. Referring to media reports, the commission said police officials on duty at the shrine have also been denied basic facilities. The officials of local panchayat at Chengannur, Nilackal and Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) are turning a "blind eye" to these "naked violations" of human rights, it added. The famous hill temple had opened Friday evening for the two-month-long annual pilgrimage season as a stand-off continued over entry of menstrual age women into the shrine.

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Updated Date: Nov 19, 2018 09:25:53 IST

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