Police provided security to women who entered Sabarimala temple, says Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala ChiefMinister Pinarayi Vijayan said the two women who entered the Sabarimala templeearly Wednesday were given police protection during their trek to the shrine. Thetwo women in their 40s entered the Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala andoffered prayers.

“Earlier,women were not able to enter the temple due to certain hurdles. They may haveentered the shrine today because they would not have faced any issues. It is afact that the women have entered Sabarimala. Police have given themsecurity,” Vijayan told media here. Despite the Supreme Court’s verdict onSeptember 28 last year, permitting women in the 10-50 age group, no children oryoung women in the ‘barred’ group were able to offer prayers at the shrinefollowing frenzied protests by devotees and right wing outfits.

The two women,identified as Kanakadurga (42) and Bindu (42), wearing the traditional blackdress, with their heads covered, climbed the hill shrine at 3.38 am Wednesday. Thewomen trekked to the hill a day after the state-sponsored 620-km-long humanwall of women was formed Tuesday from Kasargode in the northern part of thestate till the southernmost district of Thiruvananthapuram.

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