2 women say they entered Sabarimala temple, police deny claim

Two women below the age of 50 have said they offered prayers at the Sabarimala temple in Kerala’s Pathanamthitta district, a claim denied by police.

Two women below the age of 50 have said they offered prayers at the Sabarimala temple in Kerala’s Pathanamthitta district, a claim denied by police.

The women are the first to enter the Sabarimala temple after the Supreme Court in September last year allowed women of all ages to pray there breaking the centuries-old ban against those menstruating. Before them, no women between the age of 10 and 50 could enter the temple amid protests by devotees.

Activists Bindhu and Kanakadurga told a news channel that they offered prayers at the hilltop shrine dedicated to Lord Ayyappa at 3am in the morning. They claimed they came in men’s attire and two dozen police officers accompanied them.

Reports said both came in an ambulance and police discreetly made arrangements for them. The women have also released pictures of them worshipping at the temple.

Earlier, their efforts to enter the temple were foiled by angry devotees.

Source: HT

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