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)