Sabarimala issue: 2 more NSS offices under attack

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM , Nov 7 (PTI): In a fresh attack, two more offices of the Nair Service Society, spearheading the stir over entry of menstrual age women into Sabarimala shrine, were vandalised in Alapuzha and Kollam districts, police said Wednesday.

Stones were hurled at the Paravur office of the caste-based outfit and a black flag was hoisted at its office at Kudassanadu on Tuesday, police said.

Offices of NSS, a body of the influential Nair community in the state, have come under attack at different places since last week.

NSS office-bearers claimed the attacks were by certain “frustrated elements” desperate after seeing the ‘mass’ participation of people in the protest against the Supreme Court’s verdict on entry of women of all ages into the Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala.

The NSS has filed a petition seeking a review of the apex court lifting the ban on entry of women in the 10-50 age group into the famous temple.

Meanwhile, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan Wednesday said his government’s only priority was to

lead the state on a progressive path and not be afraid of losing a few seats or votes.

He alleged that some people were trying to create a communal divide in Kerala.

“The only priority is to keep Kerala on the developmental and progressive path. It doesn’t matter if we lose a few seats or some votes… We cannot sacrifice the progressive Kerala where people see each other as humans and without any divide,” Vijayan said.

The chief minister said he would not allow social evils to pull Kerala backwards for a few votes.

“Certain people are trying to create a communal divide in Kerala.  If we had allowed division in the name of customs and beliefs, today’s Kerala would not have existed,” he said at an event here.


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