Protesters detained Trupti Desai at Kochi airport

Activist Trupti Desai, who reached the International Airport in the early hours of Friday to visit the Sabarimala temple is not able to come out of the domestic terminal, following protest by devotees opposing the entry of menstrual women into the Lord Ayyappa temple.

Objecting to her arrival, protesters alleged that she was intended to create disturbances at Sabarimala, but not for Lord’s darshan. Even Taxi drivers at the airport were also refused to carry her. As a result she was not allowed to come out of the airport.

The Sabarimala temple opens on Friday evening, for the third time since the apex court verdict on September 28 allowed women of all age group to offer prayers at the hilltop Lord Ayyappa temple though none could do so following stiff resistance from devotees and activists, opposing any change in the temple traditions.

The Lord Ayyappa shrine will re-open for the two-month-long Madala-Makkarvilakku puja on Saturday. Police tried to evacuate hers from another gate but protesters were there as well. She said that she will not return until have Lord darshan.  When she tried to book a taxi two to three times, the drivers have been threatened that their vehicle will be vandalised if they offer them  a drive. Police have said that they can’t go outside now.

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