Sabarimala Temple Protest: Stone pelting, violence during hartal against women entry in Temple

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New Delhi | Updated:Jan 03, 2019 7:21:18 pm

Sabarimala Temple Issue Updates: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Thursday addressed a press conference and blamed BJP for violence in the state over Sabarimala Temple row.

Sabarimala temple women’s entry Live Updates: Protest outside the state secretariat by police in state capital Thiruvananthapuram.

Sabarimala Women’s Temple Entry Protest: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Thursday addressed a press conference and blamed BJP for violence in the state over Sabarimala Temple row. The chief minister said that BJP workers are indulged in vandalising shops and CPM party offices in the state.  The entry of two women, who are in their 40s, in the Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala has created a stir across Kerala. The women have offered prayers at the temple for the first time since the Supreme Court ordered the lift on the ban on entry of women aged 10 to 50. BJP activists showed black flags to Devaswom minister Kadakampally Surendran in Guruvayur where he had gone to attend a function. State Health minister K K Shylaja also faced the ire of activists of the Yuva Morcha and was shown black flags in Kannur. A group of women were protesting at Kerala Secretariat demanding CM Pinarayi Vijayan’s resignation. Five BJP Mahila Morcha members were stopped from entering the state secretariat by police in state capital Thiruvananthapuram.

The two women, identified as Kanakadurga and Bindu entered the hill shrine at 3.38 am Wednesday. A video shows that women wearing the traditional black dress with their head covered. The temple was closed for a purification ritual soon after. CM Vijayan said that police had given them security to ensure that they do not face any protest. On December 24 last year, the two women had unsuccessfully tried to offer prayers at the shrine. The Lord Ayyappa temple had opened for the 22-day “Makaravilakku” festival on December 30, three days after the conclusion of the 41-day “mandala puja”.

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    17:49 (IST)03 Jan 2019
    UDF on Sabarimala

    "The law-and-order situation in the state would not have collapsed had the chief minister shown maturity in handling the Sabarimala issue," United Democratic Front (UDF) convenor Benny Behanan said at a press conference here. The Congress leader said Vijayan's decision to allow women of menstruating age into the temple had "undermined the sentiments" of the Ayyappa devotees. PTI

    17:49 (IST)03 Jan 2019
    Law & order has collapsed in Kerala: UDF

    The Congress-led UDF alleged that the law and order had collapsed in Kerala following the violence during a shutdown called by saffron outfits on Thursday to protest against the entry of two women of menstruating age into the Sabarimala temple. Terming it a "state-sponsored action", the party said the "immature" and "arrogant" approach displayed by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in handling the issue was the reason for the tension. PTI

    16:57 (IST)03 Jan 2019
    Stone pelting, violence during hartal against women entry in Temple

    Widespread stone pelting, blocking of vehicles and incidents of violence and vandalism Thursday marked the dawn-to-dusk hartal called by the Hindu outfits in Kerala against the entry of two women of menstruating age into the Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala, police said. The 12-hour long hartal, called by the Sabarimala Karma Samithi, an umbrella organisation of various pro-Hindutva groups, and the Antarrashtriya Hindu Parishad (AHP), hit normal life in the initial hours. PTI

    16:54 (IST)03 Jan 2019
    Shops, hotels remain closed

    Shops and hotels remained closed in the state capital. However, defying the hartal call, several merchants opened shops in SM Street, a major traders' hub in Kozhikode, Kochi and Kollam under police security. The merchants' organisations had said they would not extend support to the hartal and keep shops and business establishments open. Television channels aired visuals of protesters forcibly downing shutters of shops in various districts since the hartal began at 6 am. PTI

    16:53 (IST)03 Jan 2019
    Woman dies allegedly due to delay in getting treatment

    A 64-year old woman, Pathumma from Wayanad who came for treatment at the Regional Cancer Centre (RCC) here, collapsed and died at the railway station here in the morning, following which her relatives alleged that a delay in getting ambulance service resulted in her death.

    16:45 (IST)03 Jan 2019
    Protestors burn tyres

    The protesters burnt tyres and placed granite blocks on roads to check vehicle transport in Kozhikode, Palakkad and Kollam. The local party offices of the ruling CPI(M) were pelted with stones in Ernakulam and Malappuram districts, police said. A library managed by the Left party in Palakkad was vandalised by protesters. Autorickshaws and private buses suffered damage during stone pelting in Kannur and Kozhikode, the police said. Besides buses, police patrol vehicles were also attacked in some places.

    16:11 (IST)03 Jan 2019
    Kerala on edge after women enter Sabarimala

    A day after two women entered the Sabarimala temple, Hindu outfits began their protests against the chief minister and called for a state-wide shutdown. On Thursday, protesters blocked roads by placing burning tyres and granite blocks. Reports suggest that three BJP workers sustained injury due to clash with police. PTI reports that hundreds of Hindu right-wing activists disrupted vehicular movement and vandalised shops and offices of the ruling CPI(M).

    15:00 (IST)03 Jan 2019
    1 person killed

    A 55-year-old man, who was seriously injured in stone pelting at Pandalam, died late Wednesday night, police said. State-run KSRTC buses, which were pelted with stones during the violence on Wednesday by anti-women entry agitators, kept away from roads in many districts. Adding to the woes of the public, number of autorickshaws plying were very less. A large number of passengers, including women and children, were seen stranded at bus stands and railway stations across the state.

    14:11 (IST)03 Jan 2019
    Kanakadurga and Bindu entered temple yesterday

    Kanakadurga, 44, and Bindu, 42, stepped into the hallowed precincts guarded by police three months after the apex court's historic judgement lifting the ban on entry of girls and women between 10 and 50 years of age into the shrine of Lord Ayyappa, its "eternally celibate" deity.

    13:36 (IST)03 Jan 2019
    Watch | Women protest at Sabarimala Temple in Kerala

    Scores of women were seen protesting in Kerala.

    13:32 (IST)03 Jan 2019
    Women entering Sabarimala: SC declines urgent hearing 2/2

    Advocate P V Dinesh appearing for Indian Young Lawyers Association told the bench that the temple authorities closed the shrine Wednesday for purification purpose after two women had entered the temple which is in violation of apex court verdict.  PTI

    13:32 (IST)03 Jan 2019
    Women entering Sabarimala: SC declines urgent hearing 1/2

    The Supreme Court Thursday refused to accord urgent hearing on a contempt petition moved by a lawyers' group against Sabarimala temple authorities for closing the shrine after two women entered it. A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice S K Kaul said that the contempt petition will be heard along with the pending review petitions against the apex court verdict which allowed women of all age groups to enter the Sabarimala temple.  PTI

    13:16 (IST)03 Jan 2019
    Widespread violence witnessed on Wednesday

    Widespread violence was witnessed in the state after two women of the traditionally barred age group visited the shrine early Wednesday. A total of 79 KSRTC buses were damaged in stone-pelting. Many media personnel, including women, were attacked and 31 policemen were injured. CPI(M) party offices were also attacked at many places. Right-wing parties and a section of devotees under the aegis of Sabarimala Karma Samiti have been protesting against the September 28 verdict of the apex court allowing women of all ages into the hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa. Following the entry of the two women, the Samiti, had called for a dawn-to-dusk hartal Thursday, which was being supported by the BJP.  PTI

    13:14 (IST)03 Jan 2019
    It's like calling hartaal against Supreme Court order: Vijayan

    The chief minister also said that conducting hartal over women's entry into the shrine was like calling hartal against the Supreme Court's order. Coming down heavily on the chief priest's action of closing the temple for purification ceremony, Vijayan said this was against the apex court's verdict. "Such things are to be decided by the Devaswom Board. The action was not only a violation of the Supreme Court's verdict but also against the rules of the board," Vijayan added.  PTI

    13:13 (IST)03 Jan 2019
    Vijayan slams BJP, RSS

    Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Thursday lashed out at the BJP and the RSS over protests against the entry of two women into the Sabarimala temple, saying the violence unleashed by them will be dealt with strongly. Vijayan said the two women were not 'airdropped' to Sabarimala but went as normal devotees and the other pilgrims did not protest. 'Kanakadurga and Bindu were given protection after they sought security to visit the shrine. They were not airdropped. They visited shrine like normal devotees. None of the devotees protested,' he told reporters. PTI

    12:02 (IST)03 Jan 2019
    Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan on Sabarimala Temple issue

    Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan in Trivandrum on Sabarimala Temple women entry issue: 7 police vehicles, 79 KSRTC buses destroyed and 39 police personnel attacked, till now. Most of the persons attacked were women. Women media persons were also attacked.

    11:30 (IST)03 Jan 2019
    Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan on Sabarimala Temple issue

    Kerala CM on Sabarimala Temple issue: It's government's responsibility to give protection to women. The government has fulfilled this constitutional responsibility. Sangh Parivar is trying to make Sabarimala into a clash zone.

    11:23 (IST)03 Jan 2019
    Sabarimala temple women’s entry: Pinarayi Vijayan addresses press conference

    Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Thursday addressed a press conference and blamed BJP for violence in the state over Sabarimala Temple row. The chief minister said that BJP workers are indulged in vandalising shops and CPM party offices in the state.

    18:38 (IST)02 Jan 2019
    Sabarimala row: Women should enter openly, not secretly, says CPI

    CPI general secretary Suravaram Sudhakar on Wednesday said that the two women who entered the shrine today early morning should have done it openly, PTI reports. "We want women's entry, but we don't want something secretly to be done. It is to be done openly, everybody should accept, that's our view," PTI quoted Reddy as saying. 

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    17:51 (IST)02 Jan 2019
    Clash between BJP workers and police during a protest over Sabarimala

    ANI reports clash erupted between BJP workers and the police during a protest over the entry of two women in Sabarimala temple. The Hindu outfits have begun protest against the state government for facilitating women entry into Lord Ayyappa shrine in Sabarimala. Two women in their 40s entered the temple in Sabarimala today morning.

    16:43 (IST)02 Jan 2019
    UDF will start agitation across the state: LoP Ramesh Chennithala

    Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala on Wednesday said that the entry of the women into the shrine 'hurt' the sentiments of devotees. He further said that it shows the attitude of the chief minister to take women of the traditionally barred age group to the temple, PTI reports. "Police acted on behalf of chief minister's direction. This was a result of the obstinate attitude of the chief minister," Chennithala said.

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    16:31 (IST)02 Jan 2019
    Kerala government will face 'wrath' of Lord Ayyappa: State BJP chief

    State BJP chief P S Sreedharan Pillai on Wednesday hit out at the Kerala government saying that state administration will face the 'wrath' of Lord Ayyappa. He further said the government betrayed the sentiments of devotees by allowing the women to enter into the shrine. "The Communist leaders, their future generations, the Kerala government, all are not going to escape from Lord Ayyappa's wrath for all their wrong-doings at Sabarimala," PTI quoted Sreedharan Pillai as saying.

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    16:10 (IST)02 Jan 2019
    Hindu outfits call for state-wide shutdown tomorrow

    In protest of women entry into the shrine, Sabarimala Karma Samithi and Antarrashtriya Hindu Parishad have called a state-wide shutdown on Thursday. Both the Hindu outfits have been protesting against the Supreme Court verdict that allowed the women entry into Lord Ayappa temple.


    15:52 (IST)02 Jan 2019
    Ayappa Devotees begin protests in Kochi

    Lord Ayappa devotees have begun a procession march against the entry of two women into the shrine, The Indian Express reports. Today early morning, two women entered the Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala and offered prayers. Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan said that the two women who entered the Sabarimala temple were given police protection. Reacting to the development, BJP state president PS Sreedharan Pillai said that Vijayan was a 'modern-day Aurangzeb' who was out to destroy Hindu temples.

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    15:36 (IST)02 Jan 2019
    Every woman has right to worship: Brinda Karat

    Senior CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat on Wednesday said that every woman has the right to worship at the Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala, PTI reports. Her statement comes in the wake of reports suggesting two women offered prayers inside the shrine. Speaking on this, Karat told PTI: "Two women wanted to worship and they were enabled to do so and given the security required (by the government)."

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    15:20 (IST)02 Jan 2019
    Activist Trupti Desai hails womens entry at Sabarimala

    Social activist Trupti Desai on Wednesday hailed the entry of two women into Sabarimala Temple, PTI reports. She called it a 'victory of equality'. Last month, Desai tried to visit the shrine but was forced to return after stiff protests by Lord Ayappa devotees. Speaking on women's entry today, Desai told PTI:  'This is a big victory for our agitation. It is a victory for equality. This is a good beginning for women in the new year'.

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    15:00 (IST)02 Jan 2019
    BJP Mahila Morcha members protest against women entering Sabarimala

    Following the report of two women entering Sabarimala, five BJP Mahila Morcha members began their protest against the entry into the shrine. But the protestors were stopped from entering the state secretariat by police in Thiruvananthapuram.

    14:26 (IST)02 Jan 2019
    Sabarimala Live Updates: CCTV footages are being checked

    Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) President A Padmakumar said he had no information about the two women offering prayers at the temple. TDB officials have been asked to view CCTV footage to verify their claim, he said. The temple had witnessed protests from frenzied devotees over the entry of women in the 10-50 age group in the shrine after the CPI(M)-led LDF government decided to implement a Supreme Court order allowing women of all age to offer prayers there. The main opposition Congress-led UDF and the BJP have been opposing the entry of young women, saying they are with the devotees.

    14:18 (IST)02 Jan 2019
    Sabarimala Live Updates: Who are these two women devotees

    Bindu, a college lecturer and CPI(ML) activist from Kozhikode district's Koyilandy, and Kanakadurga, a civil supplies employee from Angadipuram in Malappuram, had come to Sabarimala on December 24 after 11 women activists of a Chennai-based outfit were prevented from reaching the shrine and chased away by devotees chanting Ayyappa mantras. The temple was opened on December 30 for the Makaravillaku festival and there has been a heavy rush of pilgrims.

    14:14 (IST)02 Jan 2019
    Sabarimala Live Updates: Kerala CM speaks

    "Earlier, women were not able to enter the temple due to certain hurdles. They may have entered the shrine today because they would not have faced any issues. It is a fact that the women have entered Sabarimala. Police have given them security," Vijayan said. Despite the Supreme Court's verdict on September 28 last year, permitting women in the 10-50 age group, no children or young women in the 'barred' group were able to offer prayers at the shrine following frenzied protests by devotees and right wing outfits. The two women, identified as Kanakadurga (42) and Bindu (42), wearing the traditional black dress, with their heads covered, climbed the hill shrine at 3.38 am Wednesday.

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