Sabarimala row: journalist's family asked to be careful

Journalist Kavitha Jakkal being escorted by the police to Sabarimala Temple, Kerala, on Friday. PTI

Kavitha Jakkala, a young woman TV journalist from Hyderabad in her mid-20s, who has created a flutter by reaching as close as 100 metres away from the Ayyappa Swamy temple in Sabarimala, was described as a "brave girl" by her husband Viplav Kumar.

"She is bold. She will hit her target," he said.

However, the police have warned Kavitha's family, which resides in the Kukatpally area, that there is unofficial information that a group of right-wing activists are planning to target their house.

While a few journalists have appreciated Kavitha's attempt to see whether a woman can enter the temple, not many are in favour of the move.

All India Newspaper Employees Federation vice president Ch Poornachandra Rao, in a statement released here on Friday, condemned Kavitha's initiative.

"(The) woman journalist had resorted to a deed what a journalist should not.  We can only cover the happenings, but we should not enact the happenings. We are not activists. The woman wore bulletproof jacket and helmet to proceed to the temple like an activist. We demand the management to take action against her and the government to withdraw facilities provided to her," the statement read.

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