Massive protests broke out near the Sabarimala temple in Kerala today morning after two women in their 30s tried to trek up to the shrine. Two women, Reshma Nishanth of Kannur and Shanila of Kollam, who attempted to reach Sabarimala’s Lord Ayyappa temple, were stopped at Neelimala top on the trek route by devotees early.
They covered almost half of the 5.5 km trek to the shrine but were intercepted by angry devotees. They used started trekking at 5 am to dodge the protesters. The women reached Pamba at around 4 am and started their journey with police protection at around 04:30 am.
The two women reportedly came with a group of 7 others with an assurance from the police that they will be provided security if they start in batches. When they reached Neelimala, two devotees, who were returning from the hill shrine stopped them and started chanting Ayyappa hymns.
Soon other devotees and members of Sabarimala Karma Samithi joined in making it difficult for the women to continue their journey. The women who sat on the road demanded the police to remove the protesters and continue to provide them security in order to let them continue their journey.
Tension prevailed at Pamba and Sannidhanam the moment the news of both the two women attempting to reach Sabarimala spread. The protest which started at 4.20 am, ended at 7.48 am when the police forcefully took the women to Pamba police station once the crowd grew restive.