2 women enter Hindu temple in India, breaking years-long ban

2 women enter Hindu temple in India, breaking years-long ban

2 women enter Hindu temple in India, breaking years-long ban

Violent clashes were reported between scores of people in front of the state parliament in Thiruvananthapuram, while protests with sporadic violence were also reported in several other towns across the state. [.] It's clear that the women were under police protection. "They (the two parties) want to gain sentiments of some of the pilgrims and try to create some kind of anti-LDF attitude as if it's (the) LDF which has taken the decision (to allow women of all age groups into the shrine)", Reddy said.

A government statement issued before the event predicted five million women would participate in the protest.

Bindu Ammini (42) and Kankadurga (44) have thus become the first women to offer prayers at the Lord Ayyappa temple since the Supreme Court lifted the ban on menstruating women from entering the temple on 28 September, 2018.

"Such cheap tactics are unbecoming of a state government", he said on Twitter.

Local media report the temple was later closed for "purification".

Indian police clash with hardline Hindu activists during a protest against women devotees attempting to reach the Sabarimala Ayyapa temple from Pamba in the southern state of Kerala on December 24, 2018.

"It is a fact that the women entered the shrine".

But efforts by women to enter the temple in recent months have been angrily rebuffed by Hindu devotees, with police having to step in to escort the women away to safety.

After the ruling, more than a dozen women between the ages of 10 and 50 attempted to enter the temple.

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"The darkness gave them, and us, cover". "We are not following our old values and traditions where women used to be given due respect in all fields", she said.

Indian Hindu devotees wait in line to visit the Sabarimala temple in Kerala following the entry of two women on January 2, 2019.

The religious conflict has been fueling a political standoff between the far-left parties ruling Kerala and the right-wing nationalist BJP which holds power at the federal level.

The BJP's leader in Kerala described the women's visit as "a conspiracy by the atheist rulers to destroy the Hindu temples", vowing to "support the struggles against the destruction of faith by the Communists". He noted that there are also temples that bar men from entering.

A day after millions of women stood together in the Indian state to form a almost 400-mile-long human chain to call for equality, two women made history-and sparked protests and a call for a state-wide shutdown-when they entered the Sabarimala temple in the state of Kerala in the early hours Wednesday.

Traditionalists argue also that the temple deity, Ayyappa, was celibate.

The Supreme Court had refused to stay its verdict allowing entry of women of all age groups into the shrine, but agreed to hear in open court on January 22 a batch of review petitions in the matter.

On Tuesday, millions of women in Kerala joined hands to form a human link that stretched more than 600 kilometers.

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