Four AP women, en route to Sabarimala, reach Kottayam

Four AP women, en route to Sabarimala, reach Kottayam
Lakhs of pilgrims visit Sabarimala temple every year.
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Kottayam: Four young women from Andhra Pradesh, en route to Sabarimala temple, have reached Kottayam. They have left for Erumely and plan to head to Pamba, base camp of Sabarimala.

The Lord Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala witnessed frenzied protests after the Supreme Court lifted a ban on women in the age-group of 10-50 at the hill shrine. Several right-wing outfits and the BJP have opposed the LDF government's decision to implement the SC order. However, two Kerala women, in their 40s, had offered prayers at the temple on January 2.

Two women, Kanakadurga (44) and Bindu (42), entered the shrine and offered prayers on January 2, three months after the SC pronounced the landmark judgment on September 28.

Following this, tantri Kandaru Rajeevaru closed the sanctum sanctorum to perform the purification ceremony. The state witnessed also widespread protests against the women's entry.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Thursday briefed Governor P Sathasivam on the incidents of violence in the state.

He has assured the Governor that stringent action would be initiated against those involved in the violent incidents, irrespective of party affiliation.

Violence involving BJP-RSS and ruling CPI(M) rocked parts of Kerala, particularly Kannur district, during the January 3 hartal with several houses and shops of rival leaders and workers being attacked over the Sabarimala issue.

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