‘Woman cops trekking Sabarimala violated norms’

Sabarimala: A police probe has found that two woman constables trekking Sabarimala as escort to the family members of a state minister violated the age-old custom of the shrine that restricts the entry of women in the 10-50 age group.

An explanation would be sought from the Circle Inspector of Police, who assigned the woman constables to accompany Agriculture Minister KP Mohanan and his family members from the base camp Pampa two days ago, ADGP Chandrasekharan told reporters.

Based on the Circle Inspector's explanation, suitable action would be taken in the matter, he said.

The inquiry, which included examination of the surveillance camera visuals, showed that the two policewomen in the restricted age group had gone up to 'Sabari Peetam', about 1.5 km from the temple complex. This not only infringed on the temple custom but also involved violation of the Kerala High Court order, he said.

A team of women police personnel are posted at Pampa to halt women in the restricted age group going up the Sabari hills.

The case was brought to the notice of the police by some devotees, who claimed that they saw the woman constables accompanying the minister's team, which included some women devotees in the permissible age group and children.

A few years ago, the claim by Kannada actress Jaimala that she had visited the shrine and offered worship in the prime of her youth had triggered a controversy.