Protesters stop women at Sabarimala temple

Thiruvananthapuram: Huge standoff has erupted between women groups, and devotee bodies protesting entry of women of all ages being allowed at the Sabarimala temple on Tuesday. Further, tension mounts ahead of the temple shrine’s opening on Wednesday.

The protesters, who have been camping at the Nilakkal base camp enroute to the hill shrine, stopped women from proceeding further to Pamba, till where women were allowed to go even earlier. Meanwhile, a meeting called by the Travancore Devaswom Board with all the stakeholders of the Sabarimala temple is underway.

However, Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan told reporters that no one would be allowed to block devotees from proceeding to Sabarimala.

We will not allow any one take law & order in their hands. The government will ensure facilities to devotees to go to #SabarimalaTemple and offer prayers. Government will not submit a review petition. We've said in court that we'll implement the order: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan

— ANI (@ANI) October 16, 2018

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