Sabarimala row: Kerala HC asks state government's response on plea seeking police protection to women

Women approached the Kerala High Court on Tuesday seeking police protection for entering the premises of the Lord Ayyappa temple.

Published: 24th October 2018 07:27 PM  |   Last Updated: 24th October 2018 07:31 PM   |  A+A-

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Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa temple (File | EPS)

By ANI

KERALA: The Kerala High Court on Wednesday sought direction from the state government on a petition filed by four women seeking police protection for entering the Sabarimala Temple.

The hearing in this regard will take place on October 29.

The women, including two lawyers, approached the Kerala High Court on Tuesday seeking police protection for entering the premises of the Lord Ayyappa temple.

On September 28, a five-member constitutional bench headed by the then Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra had lifted the ban on the entry of women falling in the age group of 10 to 50 years in the temple, citing the practice "irrational and arbitrary".

Earlier, women of menstruating age were barred from entering the Sabarimala Temple by its officials, who argued that the temple deity Lord Ayyappa had taken a vow of celibacy.

Despite the Supreme Court's verdict, a number of women have failed in their quest to enter the holy shrine and the temple has been witnessing a series of protests by devotees and priests since then.

The doors of the Ayyappa temple were shut down on Monday after it opened for five days as a monthly ritual in the Malayalam month of Thulam.



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