4 transgenders not allowed to enter Sabarimala temple; after ridiculing them, Kerala police asks them to come back later
Speaking to the media, Ananya, one of the four, said that they were subjected to ridicule, threats and was asked to return by the police at Erumely, the first base camp at Sabarimala temple town.
Kottayam: The Kerala Police on Sunday denied entry to four transgender people who came for a darshan to the Sabarimala temple. Speaking to the media, Ananya, one of the four, said that they were subjected to ridicule, threats and was asked to return by the police at Erumely, the first base camp at the temple town.
"We began our pilgrimage on Saturday from Ernakulam and the special branch wing of the police was witness to the prayers and all the ritual functions that we undertook. But when we reached Erumely, the top police official was very rude and so was the female officials," said Ananya.
"First they said, we will not be allowed to visit the temple in the ladies dress and they asked us to change to a man's attire. Initially, we refused and after some time, we decided we will change, but the police changed their minds and asked us to return."
The temple town has witnessed protests by Hindu groups since the 28 September Supreme Court verdict that allowed women of all ages to enter the temple that hitherto banned girls and women aged between 10 and 50.
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