Thiruvananthapuram: A 12 year old girl who had come to Sabarimala Temple with her father from Puducherry was barred from entering the temple complex. The girl had come to Kerala for darshan of Lord Ayyappa was not allowed to proceed the shrine.
The age of the girl, with “irrumudikettu” (offerings to Lord Ayyappa) had been shown as 10 in the virtual queue booking. Women police examined the girl’s aadhar card and found that she was 12 years and refused to allow her to proceed further from Pamba to the shrine complex, police said.
After those accompanying the child were informed about the current situation in Sabarimala, her father and other relatives proceeded to the temple. Supporting the shrine’s tradition, a nine-year old Keralite girl, who came to the temple complex from Karnataka on Monday, had a placard around her neck inscribed with the words “Ready to wait. Will visit the shrine after attaining 50 years.”
While two women in the barred age group of 10-50 years had been stopped by police on Monday from visiting the hill shrine, on Saturday, when the temple opened, at least 10 young women from Andhra Pradesh had been sent back.