Centuries old ban on women’s entry into Sabarimala temple continues as no women thus far has been able to enter the shrine.
While two women Vasanthi, 41, and Aadhiseshi, 42, tried getting to the temple, they said the protesters
surrounded them, blocked their way and forced them to return to the Pamba base camp.
It need be mentioned that only eight women below 50 have tried to walk to the temple since Wednesday when it opened.
The Supreme Court last month overturned a centuries-old ban on women between 10 and 50 years entering Sabarimala.
Another promient woman was Manju is general secretary of the Kerala Dalit Mahila Federation and though she has asked for police protection, the police said a decision on giving her security for today depends on a background check.
She has a few cases against her and alleged links to a radical organisation, people with direct knowledge of the matter said.
Women reporters were attacked, their vehicles vandalised and stones were thrown at them on Wednesday when the temple reopened.
A day later two reporters of The New York Times were forced to turn back from the 5-km trek to the temple.>