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Sabarimala Protest: Devotees Block Temple Entrance For Women

India | News18 | October 19, 2018, 1:48 pm
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 Protesters oppose the entry of women to the Sabarimala Temple, Kerala, Friday, Oct 19, 2018. Rehana Fathima and journalist Kavitha Jakkal were escorted to the temple but the priest reportedly locked it and the women had to return mid-way. (Image: PTI)

Protesters oppose the entry of women to the Sabarimala Temple, Kerala, Friday, Oct 19, 2018. Rehana Fathima and journalist Kavitha Jakkal were escorted to the temple but the priest reportedly locked it and the women had to return mid-way. (Image: PTI)

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 Activist Rehana Fathima being escorted by the police to Sabarimala Temple, Kerala. (Image: PTI)

Activist Rehana Fathima being escorted by the police to Sabarimala Temple, Kerala. (Image: PTI)

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 Activist Rehana Fathima being escorted by the police to Sabarimala Temple, Kerala, Friday, Oct 19, 2018. Rehana Fathima and journalist Kavitha Jakkal were taken to the temple but the priest, reportedly, locked it and the women had to return mid-way. (Image: PTI)

Activist Rehana Fathima being escorted by the police to Sabarimala Temple, Kerala, Friday, Oct 19, 2018. Rehana Fathima and journalist Kavitha Jakkal were taken to the temple but the priest, reportedly, locked it and the women had to return mid-way. (Image: PTI)

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 Protesters oppose the entry of women to the Sabarimala Temple. (Photo: PTI)

Protesters oppose the entry of women to the Sabarimala Temple. (Photo: PTI)

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 Journalist Kavitha Jakkal being escorted by the police to Sabarimala Temple, Kerala. (Image: PTI)

Journalist Kavitha Jakkal being escorted by the police to Sabarimala Temple, Kerala. (Image: PTI)

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 Journalist Kavitha Jakkal and activist Rehana Fathima being escorted by the police to Sabarimala Temple, Kerala. (Image: PTI)

Journalist Kavitha Jakkal and activist Rehana Fathima being escorted by the police to Sabarimala Temple, Kerala. (Image: PTI)

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 Suhasini Raj, a Delhi-based New York Times journalist, to Sabarimala Temple, Kerala. Suhasini Raj had to return mid-way after violent protests. (Image: PTI)

Suhasini Raj, a Delhi-based New York Times journalist, to Sabarimala Temple, Kerala. Suhasini Raj had to return mid-way after violent protests. (Image: PTI)

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 Melsanthi Unnikrishnan Nampoothiri opens the Sabarimala temple for the five-day monthly pooja in the Malayalam month of ‘Thulam’, Sabarimala on October 17, 2018. Tension was witnessed outside Sabarimala temple that was opened for the first time for women between the age of 10 and 50 following the Supreme Court verdict, turning over the age-old custom of not admitting them. (Image: PTI)

Melsanthi Unnikrishnan Nampoothiri opens the Sabarimala temple for the five-day monthly pooja in the Malayalam month of ‘Thulam’, Sabarimala on October 17, 2018. Tension was witnessed outside Sabarimala temple that was opened for the first time for women between the age of 10 and 50 following the Supreme Court verdict, turning over the age-old custom of not admitting them. (Image: PTI)

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 Devotees wait for opening of the Lord Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala, Kerala. (Image: PTI)

Devotees wait for opening of the Lord Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala, Kerala. (Image: PTI)

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 Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple head priest (Tantri) Kandararu Rajeevaru gestures at devotees who were staging a protest against the Supreme Court verdict on the entry of women, as he arrives on the opening day of the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala. (Image: PTI)

Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple head priest (Tantri) Kandararu Rajeevaru gestures at devotees who were staging a protest against the Supreme Court verdict on the entry of women, as he arrives on the opening day of the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala. (Image: PTI)

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 An elderly woman on her way to Sabarimala Temple as police personnel stand on guard, in Pathanamthitta. (Image: PTI)

An elderly woman on her way to Sabarimala Temple as police personnel stand on guard, in Pathanamthitta. (Image: PTI)

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 Devotees, including women, outside the Lord Ayyappa Temple on its opening day in Sabarimala, Kerala. Sabarimala temple opened for the first time for women between the age of 10 and 50 on October 17, turning over the age-old custom of not admitting them based on a 28 September Supreme Court verdict. (Image: PTI)

Devotees, including women, outside the Lord Ayyappa Temple on its opening day in Sabarimala, Kerala. Sabarimala temple opened for the first time for women between the age of 10 and 50 on October 17, turning over the age-old custom of not admitting them based on a 28 September Supreme Court verdict. (Image: PTI)

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 Police escort Madhavi (of Andhra Pradesh) and her family members after she was heckled by the protesters while she was seeking the entry to the Lord Ayyappa Temple on its opening day in Sabarimala, Kerala. (Image: PTI)

Police escort Madhavi (of Andhra Pradesh) and her family members after she was heckled by the protesters while she was seeking the entry to the Lord Ayyappa Temple on its opening day in Sabarimala, Kerala. (Image: PTI)

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 Police escort Madhavi (of Andhra Pradesh) and her family members after she was heckled by the protesters. (Image: PTI)

Police escort Madhavi (of Andhra Pradesh) and her family members after she was heckled by the protesters. (Image: PTI)

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 Police chase away a protestor after they opposed the entry of girls and women into the hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala. (Image: PTI)

Police chase away a protestor after they opposed the entry of girls and women into the hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala. (Image: PTI)

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 Police take away one of the protestors after they opposed the entry of girls and women of menstrual age into the hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala, Kerala. (Image: PTI)

Police take away one of the protestors after they opposed the entry of girls and women of menstrual age into the hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala, Kerala. (Image: PTI)

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 Policemen throw back stones as they clash with protestors in Kerala. (Image: PTI)

Policemen throw back stones as they clash with protestors in Kerala. (Image: PTI)

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 It's Devotees vs Cops at Sabarimala as Kerala Police baton charge protesters at Nilakkal as the mob started pelting stones. (Image: News18)

It's Devotees vs Cops at Sabarimala as Kerala Police baton charge protesters at Nilakkal as the mob started pelting stones. (Image: News18)

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 Police lathi-charge on the protestors after they opposed the entry of girls and women of menstrual age into the hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala. (Image: PTI)

Police lathi-charge on the protestors after they opposed the entry of girls and women of menstrual age into the hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala. (Image: PTI)

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 A policeman charges his baton at protesters who tried to block women of menstruating age from going to the Sabarimala temple at Nilakkal, a base camp on way to the mountain shrine in Kerala. The historic mountain shrine, one of the largest Hindu pilgrimage centers in the world is set to open its doors to females of menstruating age following a ruling by the country's top court. Police arrested some protesters when they tried to block the path of some females. (Image: AP)

A policeman charges his baton at protesters who tried to block women of menstruating age from going to the Sabarimala temple at Nilakkal, a base camp on way to the mountain shrine in Kerala. The historic mountain shrine, one of the largest Hindu pilgrimage centers in the world is set to open its doors to females of menstruating age following a ruling by the country's top court. Police arrested some protesters when they tried to block the path of some females. (Image: AP)

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 Indian policemen are deployed to guard against protestors who are opposed to allowing women of menstruating age from entering the Sabarimala temple at Nilakkal, a base camp on way to the mountain shrine in Kerala. (Image: AP)

Indian policemen are deployed to guard against protestors who are opposed to allowing women of menstruating age from entering the Sabarimala temple at Nilakkal, a base camp on way to the mountain shrine in Kerala. (Image: AP)

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 A policeman throws back a stone as they clash with protestors who tried to stop women of menstruating age from going to the Sabarimala temple at Nilakkal, a base camp on way to the mountain shrine in Kerala. (Image: AP)

A policeman throws back a stone as they clash with protestors who tried to stop women of menstruating age from going to the Sabarimala temple at Nilakkal, a base camp on way to the mountain shrine in Kerala. (Image: AP)

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 Police chase away protestors who tried to stop women of menstruating age from going to the Sabarimala temple at Nilakkal, a base camp on way to the mountain shrine in Kerala. (Image: AP)

Police chase away protestors who tried to stop women of menstruating age from going to the Sabarimala temple at Nilakkal, a base camp on way to the mountain shrine in Kerala. (Image: AP)

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 Women police personnel are deployed to guard against protestors blocking the path of women of menstruating age going to the Sabarimala temple at Nilakkal, a base camp on way to the mountain shrine in Kerala. (Image: AP)

Women police personnel are deployed to guard against protestors blocking the path of women of menstruating age going to the Sabarimala temple at Nilakkal, a base camp on way to the mountain shrine in Kerala. (Image: AP)

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 An elderly woman on her way to Sabarimala Temple as police personnel stand on guard, in Pathanamthitta. Sabarimala Temple is open to women of all age groups for the first time since Supreme Court announced its verdict. (Image: PTI)

An elderly woman on her way to Sabarimala Temple as police personnel stand on guard, in Pathanamthitta. Sabarimala Temple is open to women of all age groups for the first time since Supreme Court announced its verdict. (Image: PTI)

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 As Pamba slowly limps to normalcy, protests have started gaining steam in Nilakkal where devotees have attacked several media vehicles amid chants of Lord Ayyappa slogans.<br />(Image: News18)

As Pamba slowly limps to normalcy, protests have started gaining steam in Nilakkal where devotees have attacked several media vehicles amid chants of Lord Ayyappa slogans.
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 Tribals living in the forests around Sabarimala feel some vested interests were utilising the Supreme Court verdict to play politics over the issue.<br />(Image: News18)

Tribals living in the forests around Sabarimala feel some vested interests were utilising the Supreme Court verdict to play politics over the issue.
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 Despite police presence, incidents of devotees preventing women from entering the shrine have been on the rise. (Image: News18)

Despite police presence, incidents of devotees preventing women from entering the shrine have been on the rise. (Image: News18)

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 Devotees favouring barring women from entering the Sabarimala temple scan vehicles at Nilackal, a base camp on way to the mountain shrine in Kerala. (Image: AP)

Devotees favouring barring women from entering the Sabarimala temple scan vehicles at Nilackal, a base camp on way to the mountain shrine in Kerala. (Image: AP)

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 Devotees take part in a motorcycle rally as part of a protest against the lifting of ban by Supreme Court that allowed entry of women to the Sabarimala temple in Pathanamthitta, Kerala. (Image: Reuters)

Devotees take part in a motorcycle rally as part of a protest against the lifting of ban by Supreme Court that allowed entry of women to the Sabarimala temple in Pathanamthitta, Kerala. (Image: Reuters)

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 A Hindu devotee is surrounded by other devotees as she threatens to commit suicide in protest against the lifting of the ban by Supreme Court that allowed entry of women to the Sabarimala temple, at Nilakkal Base camp in Pathanamthitta. (Image: Reuters)

A Hindu devotee is surrounded by other devotees as she threatens to commit suicide in protest against the lifting of the ban by Supreme Court that allowed entry of women to the Sabarimala temple, at Nilakkal Base camp in Pathanamthitta. (Image: Reuters)

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 Devotees stop a car to check if any women of menstruating age are headed towards the Sabarimala temple in Kerala (Image: Reuters)

Devotees stop a car to check if any women of menstruating age are headed towards the Sabarimala temple in Kerala (Image: Reuters)

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 Lord Ayyappa devotees during a protest called by various Hindu organisations against the lifting of ban by Supreme Court that allowed entry of women to the Sabarimala temple, in Ahmedabad. (Image: PTI)

Lord Ayyappa devotees during a protest called by various Hindu organisations against the lifting of ban by Supreme Court that allowed entry of women to the Sabarimala temple, in Ahmedabad. (Image: PTI)

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 Lord Ayyappa devotees during a protest called by various Hindu organisations against the lifting of ban by Supreme Court that allowed entry of women to the Sabarimala temple, in Ahmedabad. (Image: PTI)

Lord Ayyappa devotees during a protest called by various Hindu organisations against the lifting of ban by Supreme Court that allowed entry of women to the Sabarimala temple, in Ahmedabad. (Image: PTI)

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 Women gesture as they chant religious hymns worshipping Lord Ayyappa during a protest against Supreme Court's verdict on Sabarimala, in New Delhi. The protestors demanded either an immediate review petition or an ordinance to overrule the Supreme Court verdict. (Image: AP)

Women gesture as they chant religious hymns worshipping Lord Ayyappa during a protest against Supreme Court's verdict on Sabarimala, in New Delhi. The protestors demanded either an immediate review petition or an ordinance to overrule the Supreme Court verdict. (Image: AP)

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 Women stage protest against a recent Supreme Court verdict in New Delhi. (Image: AP)

Women stage protest against a recent Supreme Court verdict in New Delhi. (Image: AP)

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 Women chant religious hymns as they protest against a recent Supreme Court verdict in New Delhi. (Image: AP)

Women chant religious hymns as they protest against a recent Supreme Court verdict in New Delhi. (Image: AP)

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 Women hold placards and chant religious hymns worshipping Lord Ayyappa, the deity of Sabarimala temple, as they arrive for a protest against a recent Supreme Court verdict in New Delhi. (Image: AP)

Women hold placards and chant religious hymns worshipping Lord Ayyappa, the deity of Sabarimala temple, as they arrive for a protest against a recent Supreme Court verdict in New Delhi. (Image: AP)

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