36-Yr-Old Woman Dyes Hair Grey, Claims She Entered Sabarimala
Manju reportedly visited the shrine in the early hours of Tuesday, 8 January.
Days after the entry of two women in Sabarimala – Bindu and Kanakadurga – sparked widespread and violent protests in Kerala, a 36-year-old Dalit activist Manju has now claimed that she had a darshan at the sanctum sanctorum of the temple.
She reportedly visited the shrine in the early hours of Tuesday, 8 January and had dyed her hair grey so that she could be identified as an “aged woman.”
Manju, who allegedly made the claim on Facebook even posted a photo of herself offering prayers at the temple.
“I had a fruitful darshan of the presiding deity. I came as an ordinary pilgrim. But, of course, to dodge protestors, I dyed my hair grey and pretended to be an aged woman. Nobody noticed me and I will continue my visit in future also,” said Manju, reported Hindustan Times.
She also claimed that she did not seek police protection. The Kerala Police are yet to confirm Manju’s visit.
This was not Manju’s first attempt to enter the Sabarimala. Earlier in October 2018, the activist tried to enter the shrine and was requested by the police to turn away, citing the area’s tense situation as reason.
On 2 January, two women – Bindu and Kanakadurga – had entered the sanctum sanctorum of the Sabarimala temple to offer prayers
The shrine was closed for “purification rituals” hours after the women entered the shrine. On 28 September 2018, the Supreme Court had lifted the ban on the entry of women of menstruating age (between 10-50) at the Sabarimala temple.
(With inputs from Hindustan Times)
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