The women, members of the Chennai-based “Manithi” outfit, are now squatting on the road
Tension prevailed at Pamba, the foothills of the Lord Ayyappa Temple in Kerala as a group of 11 women, below the age of 50 years, tried to trek the hilltop shrine, even as devotees protested against the move. Though they attempted to trek through the traditional forest path, about five kilometres from the temple complex, they could not go forward as devotees started ‘namajapa’ (chanting of hymns of the lord) protest against them.
The women, members of the Chennai-based “Manithi” outfit, are now squatting on the road. Police have thrown a security ring around them.
Women, in the age group of 10-50 years, are traditionally barred from entering the Sabarimala temple. But the Supreme Court, through its September 28 landmark verdict, lifted the curb and permitted women of all age groups to offer prayers at the temple.