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Hindu Sangam flays Sivan temple management

 | April 11, 2014

Hindu Sangam says that the reasons given by the Sivan temple management to bar wheelchair bound devotees from its premises as outright ridiculous.

mahasivanPETALING JAYA: Hindu Sangam today criticised the Bukit Gasing Sivan temple management for barring the disabled from entering its ground, citing it was a ridiculous rule.

“There is no reason to bar the disabled from carrying out their prayers. I have tried contacting them (temple management) for explanation but to no success,” said its president RS Mogan Shan.

Recently, former Petaling Jaya City Council member Anthony Thanasayan hurled brickbats at the temple management for barring wheelchair bound people from praying at the temple, effective about three weeks ago.

However, Sivan temple management president T Maharathan defended the ruling, citing lack of space and safety issues.

“We are not so inhumane as to disallow those with a disability to pray. The sign is indicated because of the limited space in the temple which, as a place of prayer, should be kept clean.

“Devotees are allowed to pray at the side of the temple as well and are not limited to only conducting their prayers inside the premises,” Maharathan was reported saying.

Mogan Shan said that the temple management should give the disabled priority access and not cast them aside on grounds that ‘ they may dirty the temple floors’.

“We cannot accept this kind of reasoning,” he said.

On related matter, K Aveena Devi, a wheelchair bound devotee who used to go to the temple, told FMT that she was disallowed from entering the temple back in January itself.

” I was in disbelief when a temple official told my mother I had to leave my wheelchair outside if I wanted to pray in the temple. We are people too.

“I agree that this reasoning is ridiculous because I’ve been to other temples where we are treated with respect and dignity,” she said.

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