The Union Home Ministry on Friday issued an advisory to Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to beef up security arrangements in the southern states in the wake of the ongoing protests against the Supreme Court order allowing entry of women of all age groups to the Sabarimala temple.
The ministry also asked the states to closely monitor the dissemination of various “adverse” messages through social media and the Internet services. It also asked the administrations to ensure that there is no breach of law and order.
In a letter dated, 16 Oct MHA had asked Chief Secretaries&DGPs of Kerala, Tamil Nadu&Karnataka to take necessary measures to maintain law&order & 'prevent any untoward incident'. Letter also states 'Hindu outfits plan to organise protest prog on 17.10 at Nilakkal&Erumali village' pic.twitter.com/9CjsEjdDZz— ANI (@ANI) October 19, 2018
It also referred to campaigns of certain civil and women’s rights activists, Left parties and fronts and pro-Left-wing extremism groups in favour of women’s entry into the shrine and actively using women to do so.
“Separately, Ayyappa devotees, Hindu outfits and certain caste-based outfits have been organising a statewide protest against the Supreme Court order. Participation in these protests has ranged from 50-3000, including participation of sizeable number of women.
“Hindu outfits have also organised a few protest programme in neighbouring states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka,” the advisory said.