Kerala : After two women in their 40s entered the holy sanctity of Sabarimala Temple, the temple administration soon after closed down the temple for an hour for “purification”. Soon after many women protesters tried to barge inside the temple but were stopped by Lord Ayyappa devotees.
Sabarimala Temple row: Women protester dies during clashes
A Sabarimala karma Samithi worker, who was injured in Wednesday’s clash, has succumbed to the injuries. 55 year old Chandran Unnithan sustained injuries on his head during the clash between BJP and CPM workers in Pandalam over the women’s entry into Sabarimala temple on Wednesday.
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Sabarimala Temple Row
Unnithan, who was allegedly injured in stone pelting, was rushed to a hospital but could not be saved. An investigation into the matter is underway. A clash erupted between the BJP and the CPM workers in front of the state secretariat in Thiruvananthapuram over the entry of two women of menstrual age group into Sabarimala temple on Wednesday morning.
Protesters also pelted stones, raised slogans and hurled abuses against each other.
Sabarimala temple row : Women banned in Sabarimala shrine
The Supreme Court lifted the traditional ban on the entry of women of menstrual age (10-50 years) on September 28 last year. Since then, a string of protests have taken place at the Sabarimala temple and its surrounding areas, wherein several women attempted to visit the shrine but were stopped by Lord Ayyappa devotees.