Amid protests, Sabarimala Temple doors open

Sabarimala temple

Kerala, Oct 17: Amid an ongoing protest against the Supreme Court’s verdict to allow entry of women between 10 and 50 years of age, the doors of the Sabarimala temple in Kerala opened at 5 pm for the rituals.

The doors of the temple that opened at 5 p.m. would remain open till October 22.

However, no woman was allowed to enter the shrine.

The development comes in the backdrop of demonstrations by the traditionalists including women who are opposed to the entry of women of menstruation cycle in the premises of Lord Aayappa temple.

Tensions are prevailing in the South Indian as the gates to the hill shrine opened for the first time since the Apex Court lifted the age-old entry ban on women in the menstrual age group.

Amid strong protests forced a 40-year-old Andhra woman, named Madhvi and her family to abandon their trip to the Lord Ayyappa temple.

In another incident, Liby, who stepped down at the Pathanamthitta bus stand and was to board a bus to Nilackal, faced angry protestors who booed her.

Earlier in a day, agitated protesters attacked women journalists in Pathanamthitta.

Meanwhile, the state police also arrested members of the Pandalam Royal and Sabarimala temple Tantri families, including women, taking part in a protest near the temple.

Speaking about the incidents of violence, Kerala minister EP Jayarajan told media, At least 10 KSRTC buses were damaged. Devotees from other states were beaten up and sent back.

“10 media personnel, 5 devotees and 15 policemen were attacked”, he added.

The Minister blamed the RSS-BJP for the violence and stated “the Supreme Court rule applies to all, the government is just following and implementing it”.


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