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Protestors stops two women including journalist from entering Sabarimala

Thiruvananthapuram | Counter to the Supreme Courts verdict of allowing women from age of 10 to 50 to enter the Sabarimala Temple, two women from Kerela and Andhra Pradesh were stopped by the protestor from entering the premises of the temple on the opening day.

A women journalist from Kerala, Libi CS was stopped by the protestors from entering the temple after she wrote a Facebook post about her plan to visit the Temple. “Friends, four of us are leaving to Sabarimala today, which includes atheists like me and two devotees,” wrote the journalist. According to reports the protest even threatened to burn the bus that brought her to the base camp if she continued her trek. After the threat, the local police reached Pamba located 4.6 km from Sabarimala and rescued her from the group of protestors who surrounded her.

Another devotee from Andhra Pradesh returned back from the trek to the temple after the protestors blocked her path. She alleged that the policemen left her on her way after escorting her and family for a few hundred meters to the temple.

Earlier the Supreme Court on 28 September in a historic judgement allowed women from the age of 10 to 50 to enter in the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala. The five-judge constitutional bench headed by former Chief justice Deepak Misra in a 4:1 verdict allowed the entry of women of all age in the Sabarimala Temple. Delivering the Judgement the bench aid, “Right to worship is given to all devotees and there can be no discrimination on the basis of gender.” The bench further added that “The practice of barring women in age group of 10-50 to go inside the temple is violative of constitutional principles.”

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