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Sabarimala opens, Kerala police officers block entry of ladies folks below 50


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  • The Kerala police in defiance of the Supreme Court docket expose stopped women folks pilgrims at Pamba, 5km from the hill-top temple of Lord Ayyappa, checked their documents for proof of age and allowed most efficient these above 50 to proceed further
  • A senior police officer told TOI that they enjoy got been suggested by the manager now to not enable women folks from the “barred age group” from rock climbing the hillock

Devotees waiting to give prayers at Sabarimala Temple throughout the Mandala Pooja competition in Sannidhanam on Sat…Read Extra

SABARIMALA: As theSabarimalatemple opened on Saturday evening for the 2-month annual competition amid tight security, theKeralapolice in defiance of theSupreme Court docketexpose, stopped women folks pilgrims at Pamba, 5km from the hill-top temple of Lord Ayyappa, checked their documents for proof of age and allowed most efficient these above 50 to proceed further. In step with police, 10 women folks pilgrims fromAndhra Pradesh“who had been below 50” had been became wait on.
In September final yr, the Supreme Court docket had held that the centuries-old ban on women folks and women old 10 to 50 became unlawful and unconstitutional. On Thursday, the court docket referred the Sabarimala inform to an even bigger seven-member bench, mentioning that detailed examination is required into the matter, without staying its 2018 verdict.
The LDF executive, which became proactive in imposing 2018 Supreme Court docket expose throughout the outdated pilgrim season, had indicated on Friday that it wasn’t in favour of younger women folks going to Sabarimala, despite Thursday’s verdict making it obvious that there became no raise on permitting women folks to enjoy darshan of Lord Ayyappa on the shrine.
Even when police refused to display mask essential beneficial properties of the women folks who had been pressured to flip wait on, TOI managed to determine two of them as Manthayaru (49) and Sati Anasooya(38), every natives of Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh. The 2 women folks reached Pamba as section of a group of around 30 these which could per chance be on a pilgrimage tour of Kerala.
The Renaissance Protection Committee, a LDF-backed organization, acknowledged it became outraged by Saturday’s trends and criticised the ruling LDF executive, announcing it had “gone soft” on its stand on the inform and this could well most efficient abet “weaken the trigger”.
Heavy security arrangements are in location at Sabarimala. Around 1,400 police personnel had been deployed on the Sannidhanam (the dwelling finish to the sanctum), led by a superintendent-inferior officer and 10 deputy SPs. At Pamba and Nilackal, there are around 720 and 700 police personnel respectively on responsibility, and this contains around 250 women folks police officers. As effectively as, separate groups of Hasty Reaction Power, Rapidly Action Power, police commandos and Nationwide Catastrophe Response Power are also deployed on the Sannidhanam. At Pamba, steel detectors and X-ray scanners had been place in. Bigger than 50 women folks police personnel had been entrusted with verifying women folks pilgrims’ ID playing cards.
A senior police officer told TOI that they enjoy got been suggested by the manager now to not enable women folks from the “barred age group” from rock climbing the hillock. “We’re checking the ID playing cards of all women folks at Pamba itself to steer obvious of further confusion at Sannidhanam. Females police officers had been deployed at Pamba to be definite that,” he acknowledged.
Manthayaru acknowledged that they reached Pamba hoping that they’ll also enjoy Ayyappa darshan however the police blocked them. “We would no longer climb the hill as the police acknowledged we are able to no longer breeze there because we are old below 50. So, we are waiting here for others from our crew to advance wait on from the temple,” she told TOI finish to the Ganapathi temple at Pamba.
“After finding them to be within the barred age-group, we told them to transfer wait on. They cooperated with us and didn’t proceed further. Around eight other women folks who had been section of the group also returned with them,” a police officer told TOI.
As the temple opened on Saturday, hundreds of devotees from Kerala,Tamil Nadu, and other neighbouring states offered prayers on the temple. At 5 pm, Kandararu Mahesh Mohanararu opened the sanctum sanctorum of the temple and conducted poojas.
A K Sudheer Namboodiri took charge as Sabarimala ‘melshanti’ (chief priest), whereas MS Parameswaran Namboodiri is probably going to bewitch charge as chief priest of the adjoining Malikappuram devi temple by November 23.

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