Sabarimala Temple Set To Open Doors To Women; police arrested protesters

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Img: Sabarimala Temple FB page

The Sabarimala temple in Kerala is all set ready to open its doors to women of all age groups for the first time in its history, at 5 pm today after the Supreme Court ruling. Several of the protesters were arrested at Pamba, who were involved in creating ruckus in the area. The controversial verdict had received mixed responses; mostly a section of people citing that it is against their traditional beliefs. It is learned that stakeholders including the Pandalam royal family and Ayyappa devotees failed to come to a conclusion on the matter during the meeting held yesterday. 

Several devotees, including women, stopped and checked buses, cars and pulled out women asking them to go back. As the showdown is expected to begin around 3 pm, tribals continue to guard the route leading up to the Lord Ayyappa shrine.

According to The News Minute, Libi CS, a journalist who made an announcement on her facebook that she will enter Sabarimala on this day, started her way to the temple. However she was gheraoed by an angry crowd of locals, comprising of both shouting men and young women at the Pathanamthitta bus stand. Police immediately descended upon the site and formed a protective ring around Libi to keep the protestors at bay.