11 women reach Sabarimala base camp amid protests
New Delhi : 11 women in their menstrual age have reached the Pamba base camp that is located 4 KM away from the shrine to Lord Ayyappa nestled in the Western Ghats. They will be marching towards Sabarimala temple as nearly 30 women will be attempting a trek today.
First set of 11 women, between the age of 20-50 years, reach #Sabarimala's pamba police station by road, way before crack of dawn. 6 of them want to go ahead for darshan, 5 others accompanied for support. @ndtv pic.twitter.com/NwMPx52rTQ— Sneha Koshy (@SnehaMKoshy) December 22, 2018
"A total of 11 women have arrived. But only six of them want to trek to Sabarimala and the others say they came only to provide protection to them. We are awaiting instructions from senior officials," a police officer at Pamba told NDTV.
Meanwhile, the protest has intensified at the base camp as protesters say they will not allow these women to reach the shrine located on hilltop temple.
The women, on the other hand, have cleared their stand to the police and have announced that they will not return without offering their prayers.
The woman who have reached the Pamba base camp are a part of a 50-member group from several states including Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal and Odisha who will try to enter the shrine together.
In a landmark verdict, the Supreme Court had allowed entry of women of all ages in the Sabarimala Temple.