Women form 620km line across Kerala over temple access

Women form 620km line across Kerala over temple access

The longtime ban barred women or girls of menstruating age from entering the temple, which draws millions of visitors each year.

Religiously fueled protests escalated in the Indian state of Kerala on Wednesday, with police charging Hindu worshipers with batons and using tear gas, water cannon and stun grenades to disperse rioters in the state capital of Thiruvananthapuram.

Millions of women in the southern Indian state of Kerala have formed a 385-mile long "wall" in protest against a ban on females between 10 and 50 at the Sabarimala temple.

Police with batons also charged at protesters who were trying to enforce a shutdown of shops in the area.

An officer and several BJP and CPI (M) workers were injured in the police action.

Police were guarding the homes of the women after they left the temple and were prepared to let more women enter the temple, he said.

The temple head ordered the shrine closed for a purification ritual after news of the women's entry spread.

The women were identified as 42-year-old Kanaka Durga and 44-year-old Bindu Ammini, who told India Today TV that the two represented "the society fighting for gender justice". "It is a fact that the women entered the shrine". [.] It's clear that the women were under police protection. A spokesperson for the Opposition Congress party, K Sudhakaran, described the two women entering the temple as "treachery" and that the left-wing state government "will have to pay the price for the violation of the custom".

Kerala former chief minister V S Achyuthanand has stated that the government has taken wrong step in the Sabarimala row which will lead to the downfall of Pinarayi Vijayan government, which will soon turn into reality.

Two women in southern India made history early Wednesday by entering a renowned Hindu temple where women of childbearing age have not been allowed for centuries. "Some believe that's because such women are impure". Police have clashed with devotees supporting the ban and have arrested more than 2,000 people. According to reports, two women, Bindu and Kanakadurga, successfully completed their trek and worshipped the deity inside the temple.

The Supreme Court is to hear challenges to its landmark ruling from January 22.

At 12 Ayyappa revealed his divinity when he emerged from the forest riding a tigress.

Those wishing to visit undergo a 41-day period of introspection and detachment known as vratha abstaining from sex, meat, intoxicants and even shaving. He said that the women had gone to Sabarimala with the help of CPM leaders. He said he would only do so if first-time devotees decide not to visit him - which has never happened.

NSS, which has filed a review plea in the Supreme Court challenging its verdict, expressed hope that the top court would take a favourable decision. He pointed to other Hindu temples and ceremonies where men are not allowed to attend.

It was one of a string of recent decisions to have eaten away at some of India's traditions, including outlawing bans on gay sex and adultery past year.

Fresh protests broke out in several places in the state after the women entered.

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