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Actress Jayamala charged in Sabarimala case

Dec 14, 2010 11:22 AM IST India India

Thiruvananthapuram: Thiruvananthapuram: A chargesheet has been filed against Kannada actress Jayamala for entering and touching the idol of Lord Ayyappa at the Sabarimala temple in Kerala. The chargesheet was filed in the first class judicial magistrate court at Ranni in Pathanamthitta district on Tuesday morning. The 50-year-old Jayamala is accused number three in the chargesheet. Jayamala had in 2006 claimed that she had touched the idol of Lord Ayyappa at the Sabarimala temple in 1986, violating the rules of the famed pilgrimage site. The other two accused in the case are astrologer Parappanangadi Unnikrishnan and Raghupathy. All the three accused have been charged with “deliberate and malicious act to outrage” religious sentiments. The chargesheet said the accused were involved in a deliberate and malicious act intended to outrage religious feelings under section 295 of Indian Penal Code. She had faxed her claim of touching the idol to the temple administration office when an astrological examination of the conduct of the temple affairs, known in local parlance as "deva prasnam", was on by Unnikrishnan. The astrologer had claimed then that the poojas and rituals of the shrine had not been performed with due sanctity and dedication by priests and there were even signs of the idol having been touched by a woman. It was after this that Jayamala made the claim that she had visited the temple when she was just 18 and she wanted to do penance for that. With the incident leading to a storm, the government had then ordered a crime branch investigation. The inquiry, as part of which the actress was questioned in Bangalore, concluded that her claim of having been pushed by the rushing devotees into the idol chamber appeared "most illogical and implausible". According to the investigators, the whole episode appeared to be a conspiracy to buttress the claim of the astrologer about the poor state of temple affairs. Temple rules forbid women between the ages of 10-50 years from entering the temple.