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Two women begin climbing Sabarimala hill amid strong protests

 

strong protests by devotees opposing the entry of girls and women of menstrual age into the Lord Ayyappa temple

Pamba (Ker), Oct 19 : Two women, including a reporter from Hyderabad, began trekking to Sabarimala hill Friday amid strong protests by devotees opposing the entry of girls and women of menstrual age into the Lord Ayyappa temple

Their attempt to reach the shrine came a day after a New Delhi-based woman reporter of a foreign media outlet made a failed bid to visit the temple

Police led by IG S Sreejithhave have thrown a security ring around the women who had requested security to go to Sabarimala Sannidhanam

There have been strong protests by devotees opposing the entry of girls and women of menstrual age into the Lord Ayyappa temple

The woman reporter is in her late 20s while the details of the second woman, who was carrying Irumudikkettu (holy bundle), was not immediately known

If they climbed the hills, they would be the first women from the menstruating age group to visit the Sabarimala temple of Lord Ayyappa after the Supreme Court order permitting women of all age groups to enter the shrine

On Thursday, the New Delhi-based woman journalist was stopped midway by devotees opposing the entry of women of menstrual age into the hill shrine

The journalist accompanied by her male colleague, a foreigner, descended the hills from Marakkoottam area in the face of mounting protests

A case has been registered against devotees who allegedly prevented her trekking and forced her to climb down the hills.

Credit: PTI

 

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