As the Supreme Court is all set to hear a Public Interest Litigation over the women's entry in famous Sabarimala temple in Kerala on Monday, the petitioners informed the court that they have been getting life threats.
According to media reports, the top court dismissed the petitioners' demand to withdraw the PIL and said it would hear the matter on Monday.
Advocate Naushad Ahmed Khan, president of the Indian Young Lawyers Association that filed the PIL, and advocate Ravi Prakash Gupta alleged that they received threat calls from Chennai, Kerala and some Gulf countries.
While hearing the plea on Monday, the court had questioned why women are barred from entering the hill shrine, triggering a full blown debate in the state.
The court had also wondered if the temple authorities had any constitutional right to prohibit women in the temple premises.
The SC poser had received a mixed response, with some people expressing happiness and others wanting the tradition to continue.
Women aged between 10 and 50 are not allowed to enter the forest temple situated in Pathanamthitta district. As per the tradition, the journey to Sabarimala is a 41-day long pilgrimage and religious experts argue that women cannot remain “pure” as she will undergo the menstrual period before completing the journey.