Prohibitory orders in place, day after violence at Sabarimala

RSTV Bureau
Police escort Madhavi (of Andhra Pradesh) and her family members after she was heckled by the protesters while she was seeking the entry to the Lord Ayyappa Temple on its opening day in Sabarimala, Kerala, Wednesday, Oct 17, 2018. Tension was witnessed outside Sabarimala temple that was opened for the first time for women of all ages on Wednesday, following a 28 September Supreme Court verdict that turned over the age-old custom of not admitting women between the age group of 10-50 years of age. (PTI Photo)

Police escort Madhavi (of Andhra Pradesh) and her family members after she was heckled by the protesters while she was seeking the entry to the Lord Ayyappa Temple on its opening day in Sabarimala, Kerala, Wednesday, Oct 17, 2018. Tension was witnessed outside Sabarimala temple that was opened for the first time for women of all ages on Wednesday, following a 28 September Supreme Court verdict that turned over the age-old custom of not admitting women between the age group of 10-50 years of age. (PTI Photo)

Devotees continue to throng the hill shrine of Sabarimala a day after its gates were open for the first time since the Supreme Court ruling allowing entry for women of menstural age.

However Wednesday was marked with violent protests as those opposed to the entry of women of the ‘banned’ age group clashed with the police

Several outfits opposed to the decision to allow the entry of women of menstruating age into the temple have called for a state wide bandh on Thursday.

The Pathanamthitta district authoriies promulgated prohibitory orders under section 144 CrPC banning assembly of four or more people in strife-torn Pamba and Nilackal following the violence.

The anger is against the Left government’s decision to not file a review petition against the Supreme Court verdict.

The state government has however called the protests politically motivated. The BJP and the Congress have lent their support to the protests.

According to a Travancrore Deva-swom board member no woman in the banned age group entered the shrine on Wednesday.

(With Inputs from Agencies)