Sabarimala row: Two women, including Hyderabad reporter, begin trek to shrine with police protection amid strong protests

Two women, including a reporter from Hyderabad, began trekking to the Sabarimala hill on Friday amid strong protests by devotees opposing the entry of girls and women of menstrual age into the Lord Ayyappa temple.

Press Trust of India October 19, 2018 09:33:37 IST
Sabarimala row: Two women, including Hyderabad reporter, begin trek to shrine with police protection amid strong protests

Pamba: Two women, including a reporter from Hyderabad, began trekking to the Sabarimala hill on Friday amid strong protests by devotees opposing the entry of girls and women of menstrual age into the Lord Ayyappa temple.

Sabarimala row Two women including Hyderabad reporter begin trek to shrine with police protection amid strong protests

Journalist Kavitha Jakkal of Hyderabad based Mojo TV and activist Rehana Fatima were en-route to the Sabarimala Temple. ANI

Their attempt to reach the shrine came a day after a New Delhi-based woman reporter of a foreign media outlet made a failed bid to visit the temple. Police led by Inspector General S Sreejith have thrown a security ring around the women who had requested security to go to the Sabarimala Sannidhanam.

There have been strong protests by devotees opposing the entry of girls and women of menstrual age into the Lord Ayyappa temple. The woman reporter is in her late 20s while the details of the second woman, who was carrying Irumudikkettu (holy bundle), was not immediately known.

If they climbed the hills, they would be the first women from the menstruating age group to visit the Sabarimala temple of Lord Ayyappa after the Supreme Court order permitted women of all age groups to enter the shrine.

On Thursday, the New Delhi-based woman journalist was stopped midway by devotees opposing the entry of women of menstrual age into the hill shrine. The journalist accompanied by her male colleague, a foreigner, descended the hills from Marakkoottam area in the face of mounting protests.

A case has been registered against devotees who allegedly prevented her trekking and forced her to climb down the hills.

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