Prohibitory orders extended in Sabarimala till Dec 8

Prohibitory orders extended in Sabarimala till Dec 8
The hilltop shrine was opened for the annual two-month-long Mandala-Makaravilkku pilgrimage season on November 17.
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Pathanamthitta: The prohibitory orders in Sabarimala, Nilackal, Pamba and Illavunkal areas have been extended for four more days.

Collector P B Nooh, after considering reports filed by the police commissioner and other officials, extended the prohibitory orders issued under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), banning assembly of four or more people.

Prohibitory orders have been extended till December 8.

The restrictions were imposed after protests erupted against the Supreme Court's verdict allowing women of all age groups to enter the hill shrine.

Since the apex court verdict, no women in the 10-50 agegroup has succeeded in offering prayers at the shrine

The hilltop shrine was opened for the annual two-month-long Mandala-Makaravilkku pilgrimage season, which began on November 17.

Committee satisfied with facilities for pilgrims

Meanwhile, a three-member monitoring committee, appointed by the Kerala High court to review facilities at the temple, Tuesday visited Sannidhanam and said it was satisfied with the amenities arranged for the pilgrims.

"The facilities here (Sannidhanam) are satisfactory. The bathroom and toilet facilities for pilgrims are also satisfactory. But the restrictions imposed by the police are there. We will submit a detailed report as early as possible... by next Monday," the Committee members told reporters.

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