Sabarimala Temple opening: Women turned back, journalists attacked; showdown near shrine

Pamba, Oct 17: Traditionalists staged a protest against the entry of women in the 10-50 age group to Kerala’s Sabarimala temple despite the Supreme Court verdict took on the Kerala government on Wednesday. 

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

Meanwhile, the state police meanwhile arrested members of the Pandalam Royal and Sabarimala temple Tantri families, including women, taking part in the agitation near Sabarimala against the temple’s opening to all women.

They were taken in a police jeep to a nearby police station, intensifying more protests during which two women television journalists were also attacked.

Earlier in a day, Some of the devotees staged a sit-in chanting Ayyappa mantra in protest near Pamba base camp against the Supreme Court verdict permitting women to enter the shrine.

Amid strong protests by Sabarimala traditionalists 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.

Today is crucial for the Kerala government as it pitches to implement the September 28 Apex Court judgement.

The doors of the temple that would be opened at 5 p.m. would remain open till October 22. This is the first time that the shrine would be opening after the apex court’s verdict.

Updates: 

NWMI vehemently denounces attacks on journalists

LDF government is fully responsible for any law and order situation : MS Kumar, BJP

National Commission for Women takes cognizance of the attack on women journalists

India Today journalist Mausami Singh and its crew in a police vehicle

Activist Rahul Easwar has been arrested from Nilakkal base camp

Police lathicharge the crowd-WATCH VIDEO: 

SC order is constitutional, government bound by it:  Kerala minister

Protesters block and attack Republic TV journalist Pooja Prasanna’s car in Pathanamthitta: WATCH VIDEO

RSS and BJP is taking double standards, says Kerala Minister VS Sunil

Total 30 people have been arrested in Pamba, 9 yesterday and 21 today

Woman devotee Madhavi with her children returns mid-day

Around 50 people taken into custody in Pathanamthitta district

Police detain protesters 

Women protest in Nilakkal : WATCH VIDEO

Protests near Pamba base camp

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