THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Two women below 50 have created history by entering the Sabarimala temple in Kerala, which has been off-limits for women of menstrual age for decades and has kept it that way despite a Supreme Court order ending the restriction.
The women, both in their early 40s, entered the hilltop shrine early this morning, say police sources. A video accessed by NDTV and first aired by regional channel News 24 shows the women hurrying into the shrine, dressed in black and escorted by the police. A group of protesters also appeared to be at the spot.
“I don’t think it is true…They might have done that in absolute secrecy. Once we know, we will take appropriate action,” said Rahul Easwar, activist and leader of the Ayyappa Dharma Sena.
The women started their climb from the Pamba base camp around midnight and reached the temple after 3:45 am and left after praying to Lord Ayyappa, say sources. There was no media glare and very few devotees were around at the time, which facilitated the women’s quick visit.
#NewsAlert | There were no protests from any quarters. Only devotees were present at the sannidhanam and they did not block us or question us: Bindu, Sabarimala female devotee to CNN-News18 | @edwingracious with more details | #SabarimalaForAll pic.twitter.com/1Pq0OmuBUv
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Two women Bindu and Kanaka Durga managed Ayyappa Darshan at 3.45 am with the help of the Kerala police and govt at Sabarimala.There is no words to describe how Hindus feel cheated and violated today!#Sabarimala #SabarimalaTemple pic.twitter.com/6egoa0fs28
— Geetika Swami (@SwamiGeetika) January 2, 2019
— The Indian Express (@IndianExpress) January 2, 2019
The women were protected by small group of policemen, both in uniform and plainclothes.