Thiruvananthapuram: Two women from Andhra Pradesh were on Saturday stopped on their way to Sabarimala temple. The women, of the age group of 10-50 had to return midway after facing protests, news agency ANI reported. Three men have also been detained for stopping the two women on their way to the Lord Ayyappa shrine.Also Read - Andhra Family Treats Future Son-in-Law With 365 Different Types of Food on Makar Sankranti
Police said that the women were neither informed of this journey nor had asked for security. This is not the first time women of age group 10-50 were stopped from visiting the famous hill shrine. Since the September 29 Supreme Court verdict where the top court did away with the ban on menstruating women from visiting the shrine, the temple has witnessed high drama with people protesting against the top court order. Also Read - Night Curfew Imposed in Andhra Pradesh, Theatres to Operate at 50% Capacity | List of Fresh Curbs Here
In another incident on November 17, a 46-year-old woman, who had made a vain bid to trek to the Lord Ayyappa shrine at Sabarimala when it was opened last month, tried her luck once again, but had to beat a hasty retreat after protesters prevented her. Also Read - Andhra Pradesh Govt Announces 23.39% Pay Hike to Employees, Hikes Retirement Age by 2 Years. All You Need to Know
Mary Sweety, from Kazhakootam in Thiruvananthapuram, took a train to Chengannur, about 30 km from Pampa at the foothills of Sabarimala, and boarded a Kerala Road Transport Corporation bus when she was stopped by police. Protesters chanting “Swamiyae Ayyappa” soon gathered in front of the bus and asked her to return. She has been sent back to Thiruvananthapuram, police sources said.