Woman, in her thirties, to trek to Sabarimala temple today

They let her walk up the 18 golden steps that lead to the shrine of Lord Ayyappa only after checking her identity paper with her date of birth mentioned on it

Yet another woman is making an attempt to trek to the Sabarimala temple in Kerala.

The woman, well into her thirties, has reached the Pamba base camp.

This place is close to 5-km from the Sabarimala temple.

But tension is high as the protesters are lying in wait to stop any attempt by women of menstruating age to enter the shrine of Lord Ayyappa nestled in the Western Ghats.

The woman has been identified as Manju, general secretary of the Kerala Dalit Mahila Federation.

She has asked for police protection and resolved to walk all the way up muddy uphill path surrounded by a group of policemen in riot gear.

Despite the Supreme Court allowing women aged between 10 and 50 yrs of age, the devotees and many political
parties are of the view that tradition needs to continue.

Earlier on a woman from Tamil Nadu was stopped from entering the compound by devotees who thought she was under 50.

They let her walk up the 18 golden steps that lead to the shrine of Lord Ayyappa only after checking her identity paper with her date of birth mentioned on it.

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