Women on way to Sabarimala stopped by protesters

Women on way to Sabarimala stopped by protesters

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Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa temple is opening today for the first time since the Supreme Court’s landmark verdict allowing women of all ages to enter the shrine. The big question – will women get to enter the shrine on the first day itself.

The Supreme Court verdict to allow them to worship Lord Ayyappa at his temple had received praise from several women rights groups and rationalists but irked devotees in Kerala and beyond. There have already been widespread protests against it.

On Wednesday morning, a few women including Libi from Alleppey and 45-year-old Madhavi from Andhra Pradesh, have been blocked on their way to the shrine.

The state government had already announced that they would help implement the Supreme Court verdict to allow women of all ages into the shrine.

Security is tight near the temple which opens on Wednesday. Around 1,000 police personnel have been deployed.

Earlier, on Tuesday, tension prevailed at Nilakkal, the base camp, after hundreds of women began their protest by chanting prayers in tents and prevented females in the 10-50 age group from proceeding to Sannidhanam.

Talking to newspersons, Libi a native of Cherthala in Alappuzha district said she came to visit Lord Ayyappa temple and could not complete the 41-day penance which is needed as part of temple customs and traditions. (Photo | Facebook)
Talking to newspersons, Libi a native of Cherthala in Alappuzha district said she came to visit Lord Ayyappa temple and could not complete the 41-day penance which is needed as part of temple customs and traditions. (Photo | Facebook)

 

Devotees, mostly women, take part in the 'namajapa' (chanting the name of Lord Ayyappa ) in Ernakulam against the SC verdict on the entry of women of all ages into the Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa Temple.
Devotees, mostly women, take part in the ‘namajapa’ (chanting the name of Lord Ayyappa ) in Ernakulam against the SC verdict on the entry of women of all ages into the Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa Temple.

 

Women favouring barring women of menstruating age from entering the Sabarimala temple scan vehicles at Nilackal, a base camp on way to the mountain shrine in Kerala on Tuesday.
Women favouring barring women of menstruating age from entering the Sabarimala temple scan vehicles at Nilackal, a base camp on way to the mountain shrine in Kerala on Tuesday.

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