Protesters block women scribes, attack cars near Sabarimala

Triple Talaq was also a tradition in that way, everybody was applauding when it was abolished.

"Who are men to decide where women can go or not?" she said.

It's a fight b/w Hindu Renaissance and obscurantism. Because no Brahmin today is only intellectual, they're in the cinema, business as well. Where is it written that caste is from birth?Shastras can be amended, he added. "Shastras can be amended".

For centuries, the Sabarimala temple in Kerala state has banned women or girls older than 10, but that was judged illegal by India's Supreme Court which ruled last month that it infringed the right to worship.

Women devotees have also gathered at Nilackal where firebrand right wing Hindu leader K P Sasikala would address a gathering.

Kerala is witnessing some tense moments as Sabarimala base camps in Nilakkal and Pamba turns into battlegrounds between women devotees who seek entry and angry protesters who are adamant to not allow women.

Clashes erupted on Wednesday as Hindu hardliners prevented women visiting one of India's most sacred temples, with baton-waving police charging stone-throwing protesters.

As agitating devotees took to the streets in large numbers over the Sabarimala issue, the opposition BJP and Congress Wednesday joined their stir at Pamba and Nilakkal, the entry points to the hill shrine.

Police evicted members of tantri (head priest) family, including elderly women, and the Pandalam royals who were protesting at Pamba, reciting Ayyappa "mantras".

While most of the organisations will hold peaceful protests, the Shiv Sena and the Ayyappa Dharma Sena said they will prevent women of the menstruating age group from entering the hill shrine.

A couple from Tamil Nadu, aged 45 and 40, on their way to Pamba, were forced to get off from the KSRTC bus Monday night allegedly by some activists of the Sabarimala Achara Samrakshana Samiti.

Even though police gave the woman and her family protection and allowed them to move further, they gave up as irate activists surrounded them, PTI reported. After the women devotees being attacked and sent back from entering the temple, now, a woman journalist's vehicle was attacked and blocked by agitators in Kerala's Pathanamthitta.

Police have tightened security in the area by deploying more cops.

The anger against the media was palpable from the morning at Nilackal, where the protesters' tent was demolished by the police early in the morning. He said that various devotee forums would chant prayers and not protest.

Two years ago, activists successfully campaigned to end a ban on women entering the Shani Shingnapur temple in Maharashtra state. "This is just a very old custom the supreme court should not have interfered with".

But Kerala's Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said no one would be allowed to block devotees from proceeding to Sabarimala.

The shrine will remain open for the 5-day monthly pooja during the Malayalam month of Thulam before being closed on October 22.


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