Sabarimala: Two woman devotees forced by policemen to return

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Two women on Saturday were forced by policemen to return, while they were on their way to the Pamba base camp in Kerala’s Sabarimala.

They returned after police warned them about protesters gathered at Pamba camp.

Reshma Nishanth and Shanila had tried to enter the abode of Lord Ayyappa at Sabarimala last week too, but were stopped at Neelimala.

They were, hence, accompanied by six men on Saturday.

Reshma and Shanila have now been shifted to Erumeli, in view of security concerns.

The first reported since the Supreme Court allowed women of all ages to enter the temple, dedicated to a deity considered to be eternally celibate was that of Kanakadurga and Bindu’s, who entered the reverred shrine before daybreak on January 2. The Supreme Court on Friday ordered the state government to provide security to them.

Kanakadurga was allegedly attacked by her mother-in-law when she returned home this week. Both she and Bindu filed a plea asking for round-the-clock protection.

As many as 51 women aged between ten and 50 have entered Sabarimala since an entry ban on women in that age group was lifted, a lawyer for the Kerala government told the Supreme Court on Friday.

Protests have roiled Kerala since the Supreme Court pronounced its verdict, and a number of women have been stopped from going to the hill-top shrine in Sabarimala.

To this end, the Supreme Court has declined to initiate action against protestors and said the Kerala government had to take measures to uphold peace.

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