Two women who were on their way to the Sabarimala temple were stopped by protesters at Neelimala in Kerala on Wednesday, 16 January.
On 8 January, the Kerala High Court had said that the state government should be able to identify those with a ‘hidden agenda’ who intended to disrupt peace at the shrine.
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- 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
- Both BJP as well as Congress workers have been protesting against the verdict
Our Responsibility to Ensure Safety: Kerala DGP
Kerala DGP Lokanath Behera said that it was the “responsibility of police to provide protection” to those who visited the Sabarimala temple.
“Verifying the age and other details is not our responsibility,” said the DGP, speaking to ANI.
Security Tightened Outside Bindu's Residence
Security has been tightened in outside Bindu’s residence in Koyilandy. The house is locked and Bindu's husband Hariharan and their seven-year-old daughter are away, reported Manorama News.
Sabarimala Shut for 'Purification'
The sanctum sanctorum of the Sabarimala temple in Kerala was shut for “purification rituals” after two women entered the temple in the earlier in the day.
The sanctum sanctorum was closed at 10.30 am, as opposed to 1 pm when it is usually shut, reported The News Minute.
While there is a pooja that is held at 12.40 pm usually, all priests have exited the sanctum sanctorum with the maelshanti (chief priest) going to the Thantri’s room, the report said.