Ahead of Sabarimala temple opening, 10 women sent back

Sun Online Desk

16th November, 2019 04:27:29 printer

Ahead of Sabarimala temple opening, 10 women sent back

Ten women from Andhra Pradesh of India were returned from Sabarimala on Saturday afternoon hours before the shrine in Kerala opens for the 41-day annual pilgrimage season.

The state government on Friday said that the shrine is "no place for activism" and the activists hoping to make a statement by taking up the pilgrimage will not be given police protection.

 The state government is also non-committal about giving protection to women between the age of 10-50 years who were allowed to enter the shrine after the top court last year lifted the centuries-old ban on the entry of menstruating women.

 The Sabarimala shrine will open this evening at 5 pm two days after the Supreme Court referred the review petitions against its 2018 verdict to a seven-judge bench. Security has been heightened around the hill shrine and more than 10,000 cops will be deployed in four phases.


Source: NDTV