Two young women who made a vain bid to trek to Sabarimala three days ago had to retreat after another attempt on Saturday after police did not allow them to proceed.
Reshma Nishanth and Shanila Sajeesh from Kannur arrived again to go to the shrine, after their attempt on Wednesday was thwarted by the police who did the same today.
The duo, who was part of the team that had in December held a press conference in Kochi and said they wished to go to Sabarimala in the backdrop of the Supreme Court verdict allowing women in the 10-50 age group to worship at the shrine. However, they had said they would go only when peace prevailed at the shrine.
The two reached the Nilakkal base early on Saturday morning and sought police protection to trek to the shrine. Despite there being no protestors in the vicinity, police made attempts to dissuade them, took them to the police control room and later to Erumely. Police said they would had been asked to return.
They were accompanied by a few men, including those of the Facebook group Navothana Keralam Sabarimalayileku. One of them said more women would make it to the shrine on Saturday.
With just a couple of days left for the shrine to be closed after around the two month season, there is likelihood of more making an attempt.
The State Government which helped two young women to make it to the shrine on January 2 and claimed in the Supreme Court on Friday that 51 young women had made it to the shrine during the season, has been once again dissuading women to go to the shrine. Incidentally, there are reports that many in the list of 51 are above 50 years and the claim was false.
Reshma has claimed that she has undertaken the necessary penance for the pilgrimage and it has been over 105 days. She had said last time that it was not possible for her now to return home without visiting the temple and cannot break her vow.
Hearing about their arrival, several protestors started gathering at Pamba and on the trek path to Sabarimala.