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2 women aged below 50 enter Sabarimala Temple

January 3, 2019

Two females in their 40s finally managed to enter the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala on Wednesday at 3:45 am.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan also confirmed the news, he said," "We had issued standing orders to police to provide all possible protection to any woman who wants to enter the temple."

One of the woman is 44-year-old civil supplies employee named Kanakadurga who has said that while praying in the temple she did not face any protest or violence from devotees.

Women aged between 10 to 50 years have been banned from entering the temple and the ban was lifted by the Supreme Court in September last year. However, despite several attempts and police protection, women were not able to enter the temple as thousands of people including devotees, Hindu factions and political parties kept blocking their way.

The Sabarimala temple was later shut for purification process after two women below the age of 50 years entered the shrine of Lord Ayyappa.

A video has gone viral on social media that shows the women entering the shrine using a side entrance which is reserved for VIPs.

The Bharatiya Janata Party- BJP has called for a two day protest in response to the entry of the two women.

Here are some social media responses to the recent developments.

Devi‏ @soulofavidrohi tweeted, "Replying to @MomentsIndia Historic moment for India and specially women. This purification norm was questioned and settled by SC. Disgusting that they're disrespecting women like this."

Rahul Easwar‏Verified account @RahulEaswar ," We condemn the Kerala CPM Govt and police conspiracy to secretly get in 2 young women into #Sabarimala by 3 am in morning Such cheap tactics are unbecoming of a State Govt."

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