Ashram of Swami Sandeepananda Giri, who supported Sabarimala Supreme Court Verdict, Attacked. NCHRO Delegation Paid a Visit.
November 03, 2018
A six-person NCHRO delegation led by its Kerala Chapter President Vilayodi Shivankutty, visited Swami Sandeepanada Giri’s ashram in Kundamankadavu, Thiruvananthapuram, receiving testimony of vandalism, the ashram was vandalised by a group of unidentified men on Saturday, October 27, 2018. Sandeepanada Giri, the director of School of Bhagavad Gita, has been one of the strong voices hailing the Supreme Court verdict allowing entry to women of all ages in Sabarimala temple. Two cars and a two-wheeler belonging to the ashram were set ablaze, the vehicles were burnt beyond recovery. The building structure has also suffered damage in the incident. Giri was not in the ashram at the time of attack. The attackers also put a wreath in front of the hermitage.
Sadeepananda Giri alleged that the attack has been carried out by goons of right-wing organisations. He said that the Sangh Parivar has always threatened him. He had also been vocal about his view and expressed them through social media and in TV news channel discussions.“Perhaps, they would one day set me ablaze. But I would continue to say the truth,” he said. Swami Sandeepananda Giri has welcomed the Supreme Court verdict and has also strongly questioned the banning of the entry of women aged between 10 and 50 from entering the Sabarimala temple. “This is not the first time I’m being attacked. Some years back I was attacked by RSS [Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh] goons. Last week, there was a protest march towards the ashram. Now they have set ablaze the vehicles and left a wreath. They say this is just a warning. I will continue to fight against such attacks,” he added.
The NCHRO delegation composed: Abdul Salam (NCHRO, Trivandrum District President), Ajmal (NCHRO, Trivandrum District Secretary), A Noushad Chathiyara, KB Davood Musliar, M.Abdul Salam Panavoor, visited Ashram on 03-Nov-2018.
The vandalism and attack can be summed up as fascist’s inability to withstand Swami Sadeepananda Giri’s analytical rigor. The peace and stability of our country depend on democracy, the rule of law and full respect for human rights. Indeed, dissent is the quintessential part of democracy and allows people to have their opinions and to voice those without fear of intimidation. State has the responsibility to nab culprits immediately, to ensure the security of vulnerable human beings within its jurisdiction. The rule of law is the cornerstone of any constitutional democracy, ensuring that no-one is above the law and everyone is guaranteed fundamental human rights, the delegation noted.