As Sabarimala temple opens for pilgrimage, women devotees face threats from traditionalists, protesters

Heavy security was deployed at Nilakkal base camp where several protesters were detained by the police who had come to intimidate women devotees making their way to the shrine. Firstpost/TK Devasia

Heavy security was deployed at Nilakkal base camp where several protesters were detained by the police who had come to intimidate women devotees making their way to the shrine. Firstpost/TK Devasia

A woman from Andhra Pradesh had to return without visiting the temple as she was not allowed to enter. Firstpost/ TK Devasia

A woman from Andhra Pradesh had to return without visiting the temple as she was not allowed to enter. Firstpost/ TK Devasia

Members of the Ayappa Seva Sangam held protests at the base camp in Nilakkal. Firstpost/TK Devasia

Members of the Ayappa Seva Sangam held protests at the base camp in Nilakkal. Firstpost/TK Devasia

Young policewomen were deployed to ensure that women devotees are protected. Firstpost/TK Devasia

Young policewomen were deployed to ensure that women devotees are protected. Firstpost/TK Devasia

Members of the Save Sabarimala forum staged a protest at the foot of the hilltop. Firstpost/TK Devasia

Members of the Save Sabarimala forum staged a protest at the foot of the hilltop. Firstpost/TK Devasia

Several devotees arrived to protest against the Supreme Court's verdict allowing women of all ages an entry into the Sabarimala temple. 101Reporters

Several devotees arrived to protest against the Supreme Court's verdict allowing women of all ages an entry into the Sabarimala temple. 101Reporters

Members of the state Congress party held a gathering to showcase their solidarity with the devotees of Lord Ayyappa. They claimed it was not a protest. Firstpost/TK Devasia

Members of the state Congress party held a gathering to showcase their solidarity with the devotees of Lord Ayyappa. They claimed it was not a protest. Firstpost/TK Devasia

Several reporters and journalists were present at the Nilakkal base camp as the gates for Sabarimala temple opened for pilgrimage. 101Reporters

Several reporters and journalists were present at the Nilakkal base camp as the gates for Sabarimala temple opened for pilgrimage. 101Reporters


Updated Date: Oct 17, 2018 18:21 PM

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