Farhan Haq, a spokesperson for United Nations (UN) Secretary General Antonio Guterres said that world body encourages all to respect the rule of law.
He was asked the UN’s stand on Sabarimala issue in wake of the violence that erupted in Kerala due to the entry of two women in Sabarimala.
“As you know, this is an issue on which the Supreme Court of India has commented. So, we will leave the matter in the hands of the rule of law authorities in India. Of course, we want all parties to respect the rule of law, and you’re aware of the UN’s position and its fundamental position on the rights on equal rights of all people,”said Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary General, Farhan Haq.
When asked whether the UN’s stand on equal rights of women applies to other religions like Catholicism and Islam, he replied, “It applies across the board…The question is how that is to be carried out. In this case, like I said…ultimately, this is a question on which the courts have pronounced themselves, and we encourage respect for the rule of law.”
Kerala has been witnessing massive protests and violence since the entry of two women in child-bearing age entered the Sabarimala Ayyappa shrine. The entry of women into the shrine has broke the century old traditions of the shrine.
The protests by the right wing activists against the LDF government in implementing the Supreme Court’s verdict has turned to violence which resulted in the death of a person. The frequent hartal and violence has intertupted the normal life of common people.