Third Woman Enters Indian Hindu Temple; Protests Continue

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He and their son made the darshan, while Sasikala returned.

"All the pilgrims going to Sabarimala were very cooperative".

Police said that more than 750 people have been arrested and that the situation remained tense but peaceful on Friday.

On Wednesday, two women, identified by police as Bindu, 41, and Kanaka Durga, 40, both residents of Kerala, successfully entered the shrine early in the morning dressed in black.

Clashes erupted between Hindu hardliners and police in the southern state of Kerala for a second day Thursday, after two women defied traditionalists to enter one of India's holiest temples. That's why we have come together to trek the temple. "The post-mortem report said he was hit by some heavy object", the RSS leader said.

The Supreme Court in September ordered the lifting of the ban on women and girls entering the hill temple, which draws millions of worshippers a year. It was her second attempt to visit the shrine: on an earlier try on December 24, she was forced to return by protesters.

"Overall, the situation is calm, especially around the Sabarimala temple where large number of devotees continue to visit", he said.

"Gender justice is a big issue facing our society, and the implementation of this judgement helps to implement gender justice", she said of their visit. We are responsible for crowd control and security.

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"We had no trouble trekking to the shrine and the officials were co-operative", Ammini told the BBC. But the position has drawn criticism from other political parties. But police sent me back. I was part of the CPI (ML)'s Central Committee and later resigned owing to differences. I am an Ayyappa bhakata (devotee).

"That doesn't mean that I am with BJP". The celibacy is the reason women under the age of 50 have been stopped from entering for so long - the fear is that the women could "tempt" the deity. In 2016, courts ruled in favor of a petition by women's rights group to enter the inner sanctum of a famous Muslim shrine in Mumbai. This is a democratic country.

Her view echoes that of Chief Justice Dipak Misra.

Kanakadurga said she was staying with her husband and kids but may have some ideological differences.

The area surrounding the Sabarimala Temple has been the scene of angry clashes for months, with many trying to prevent the court's decision from being enacted. People are familiar with the violence unleashed by the Sangh Parivar at Sabarimala.

"There was no protest from devotees. Media personnel, including women, and police were among those attacked", Mr Vijayan said. The protesters were using country bombs and targeting shops and also families of police officers to demoralise them.

Incidences of violence have also been reported across the state, but VP Pramod Kumar, a Kerala Police spokesperson, told ABC News authorities are prepared.

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