Mangaluru: In a rather bold statement, senior writer Mallika S Ghanti said that those opposing the entry of women in the age group of 10 to 50 years into Sabarimala shrine must make sure that they too stay away from the women in the said age group.
Delivering the presidential address during the 15th edition of ‘Alva’s Nudisiri’ literary programme at Vidyagiri in Moodbidri on Friday, November 16, Mallika Ghanti raised the burning issues like triple talaq and ban on women into Sabarimala temple and said that it is sad to see not just men, but also women objecting to the verdict by the Supreme Court in these issues.
Mallika stressed the need of welcoming the Supreme Court verdict and said that no one should oppose the verdict due to their own inhibitions or due to their own gains.
“The customs and traditions of our society should not eat upon the rights of women. The administration of the country also should not allow injustice to women,” she added.
Veteran writer and researcher Sha. Shettar inaugurated the conference and opined that right to expression should not be curbed by anybody. “No book was banned for its contents even during the administration of kings. However, nowadays the voice of the writers are being curbed even through violence. There is a need to change this situation in order to safeguard the values of the constitution,” he said.
Alva’s Education Foundation Chairman Dr M Mohan Alva while delivering the introductory speech informed about the intention of the conference. He said the programme is to spread the beauty of Kannada and its literature. Prior to the programme, a grand procession was organised, which was the highlight of the programme.
Moodbidri MLA Umanath Kotian, former MLC Captain Ganesh Karnik, former ministers K Abhayachandra Jain, K Amaranath Shetty, district Kannada Sahitya Parishat Pradeep Kumar Kalkura among others were present.