Named after a woman, now a preserve of men.
When a woman claims to have touched the feet of the idol of Ayyappa, claims to have gone where no women have gone before (alright, women between the ages 10 and 55), what is the role of the media in this issue?
Has the MSM forgotten how to report? Why does the issue have to be sensationalized? Would this issue make the national news channels if an actress were not involved?
How come no channel (not even NDTV) is airing a debate on why women should not be allowed into this temple?
Now, I am not a believer and I dont intend to argue the reasons behind the ban on women inside Sabarimala. Maybe, just maybe, the original reason behind the ban was that a woman committed treason and let enemies into the temple (temples have been sanctuaries for rulers on the run from invaders throughout history).
Should such a medieval rule, now made dogma with the help of a creative legend, be in place even in the 21st century? Shouldnt women be allowed to profess their faith, just like men?
No easy answers, I know. Maybe thats why the news channels are just airing Jayamala’s ‘apology’.