Two Indian women enter forbidden tempt, angers devotes

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KERALA, India

Following months of Protest against a Supreme Court ruling that granted women of menstruating age to enter a prominent Hindu shrine in India’s southern state of Kerala, two women have successfully managed to enter the temple which many have called history, but triggered protests among devotees.

Historically, the Sabarimala temple was closed to women of “menstruating age” – defined as between 10 and 50.

But, in 2018, the Supreme Court overturned that ban prompting protesters to attack and stop women from going in.

Bindu Ammini, 40, and Kanaka Durga, 39, devotees of the temple deity, Lord Ayyappa, entered around dawn.

Recalling the historic moment, Ms Ammini said: “We arrived early in the morning and we had a darshan [saw the idol] for a few minutes,”

She added: “We had no trouble trekking to the shrine and the officials were co-operative. We left before the protesters spotted us.”

However, Temple officials said the women have “defiled” the temple. It was closed for an hour in order to perform “purification rituals” but has now reopened.