Protestors rule roost at Sabarimala; bid to block 50 age plus women, target mediapersons
Kerala

Protestors rule roost at Sabarimala; bid to block 50 age plus women, target mediapersons

Tension continued at Sabarimala on Tuesday morning with protestors blocking the entry of a set of women pilgrims suspecting that one among them was below 50 years. Media persons were also attacked by the protestors.

The protest against women happened around 7 am at the nadapandal near Sannidhanam with a section of protestors claiming that one woman from Thrissur was below 50 years. Despite the woman Lalitha furnishing age proof protestors initially refused to leave the place.

Yesterday, a 25-year-old woman came from Cherthala along with her husband and two children. She was blocked by protestors at Pamba and police held discussions with her and her relatives who rushed to the spot late in the night. Finally, the woman decided to abandon her trek plan.

It is estimated that around 15,000 pilgrims came to the shrine which was opened on Monday evening for Chithira Atta Vishesham.

On rumours that a team of women pilgrims were to worship at the shrine, a huge group gathered and created a scene. Finally, it was found that none of the women was below 50 years.

Separately, protestors in attire of pilgrims were seen trying to drive away journalists, including TV persons, covering the protests.

Senior BJP leaders have rushed to Sabarimala where the shrine is to close today.