Clashes erupt at Sabarimala temple as woman approach lord Ayyappa shrine
New Delhi : A cameraperson has been injured in a minor clash at the Sabarimala Temple after a group of women devotees tried to entre lord Ayyappa shrine.
There were also reports of clashes after a woman journalist, allegedly of menstruating age, tried to enter the Sabarimala temple.
The news agency ANI shared visuals where hundreds of devotees gathered around the shrine, protesting over the entry of the woman. However, the woman was able to offer her prayers after the cops on duty intervened.
The woman had come along with her family from Thrissur to offer prayers at the shrine.
#Kerala: Lalitha (Pic 1: in the centre), a 52-year-old woman devotee from Thrissur, whose entry to #SabarimalTemple was opposed by protesters, offered prayers at the temple under police protection. She had come along with her family. pic.twitter.com/RdJeWflhk4— ANI (@ANI) November 6, 2018
On Monday, the Kerala Police had stepped up security at the temple premises and also at the nearby areas.
Meanwhile, the Kerala High Court said on Monday pilgrims should not be harassment under the guise of implementing the Supreme Court judgment. “You can’t cause hardships to pilgrims,” the court said while hearing a petition seeking its direction to the government not to interfere with the day-to-day affairs of the shrine.