Thrissur, November 19: Inspite of Supreme Court last week categorically refusing to stay its 2018 order which lifted the ban on women aged between 10 to 50 to enter the Sabarimala shrine, women in this age group are still not being allowed to offer their prayers to Lord Ayyappa. According to an ANI update, police stopped a 12-year-old girl from trekking to the Sabarimala temple, after checking her proof of age. She along with her father and relatives came to offer prayers at the temple.
The Supreme Court in its verdict on the Sabarimala Temple case last week announced that a seven-member bench would decide on the issue of Sabarimala, along with the entry of women into mosques and other places. According to the order, female devotees within the age-group are permitted to visit the temple till the larger bench gives their final verdict on the issue. Sabarimala Row: Ahead of Temple Opening, Police Sends Back 10 Women Devotees of Menstruating Age.
Check ANI tweet:
Kerala: Police stops a 12-year-old girl from trekking to #Sabarimala temple, after checking her proof of age. She along with her father and relatives came to offer prayers at the Lord Ayyappa temple. (file pic) pic.twitter.com/Mp8Vmx2EIw
— ANI (@ANI) November 19, 2019
Ahead of the opening of hilltop Lord Ayyappa shrine in Sabarimala last week, the Kerala Police has reportedly turned away 10 female devotees. Reportedly, the women - all of whom were in menstrual age - were asked to return from the base camp in Pamba as the government decided not to provide any personal police protection to "women activists".