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Planned Move to Impose Atheism: Nair Society Blames Kerala CM After Women Enter Sabarimala

News18 illustration by Mir Suhail.

News18 illustration by Mir Suhail.

The NSS alleged that the government was responsible for the violence in the state after two women entered the Lord Ayyappa temple violating its centuries-old tradition.

New Delhi: The Nair Service Society (NSS) on Sunday blamed the Pinarayi Vijayan-led CPI(M) government over the entry of two women in the menstrual age group into the Sabarimala temple last week, accusing it of making planned move to impose atheism on the people.

The NSS called upon all religious bodies to make peaceful efforts to protect their faith.

The NSS alleged that the government was responsible for the violence in the state after two women entered the Lord Ayyappa temple violating its centuries-old tradition.

Noting that protecting the faith of any religious denomination is essential for existence of mankind, NSS general secretary G Sukumaran Nair, in a statement, said the Sabarimala issue was also linked with all religions and communities.

"No one should be allowed to demolish that faith," he said and urged the faithful and religious organisations to come forward to react peacefully against the government's move.

He accused the government of unnecessarily clamping prohibitory orders, jailing Ayyappa devotees, creating anarchy in the state, telling lies to justify their motives, humiliating Hindu acharyas and challenging and mocking at the devotees.

This is not what people expect from a democratically-elected government, he said.

The government also has the responsibility to protect the faith of the people. If the government fails to protect the faith, the faithful will come forward to do so. They cannot be blamed for it, the NSS general secretary said.

He also blamed the government for giving the protest a political colour.

The NSS has filed a review petition against the Supreme Court verdict allowing women of all-ages to enter the hill shrine.

The NSS had been opposing the entry of women in the menstrual age group into the temple right from the beginning and had impleaded in the Sabarimala issue in the Supreme Court.