Indian police charge protesters at flashpoint temple, South Asia News & Top Stories

Hindu devotees and activists gather at a Shiva temple during a protests

The centuries-old ban reflected an old but still prevalent belief that menstruating women are impure, and the fact that Ayyappa was reputed to have been celibate. Easwar, who was kept at the Pamba police station, said Ayyappa devotees only wanted their right under Article 25 of the constitution that provided for freedom of conscience and free profession, practice and propagation of religion to be protected.

Nilakkal is a halting place for Ayyappa devotees during the Sabarimala pilgrimage and located about 23 km from the temple. A physical altercation occurred between the police and the "devotees" at night, when police used force to prevent the latter from stopping vehicles to search for women.

The entry of women at Sabarimala was long taboo but was formalised by the Kerala High Court in 1991, a ruling overturned by India's Supreme Court last month.

Some conservatives have also criticised the protests.

During the day, demonstrators clashed on four occasions at Nilackal and Pamba with the police, leaving some protesters and police personnel injured.

Both the Congress - the main opposition party in Kerala - and the BJP, which is desperately seeking to expand its footprint in the state, have lent support to the agitation against the Supreme Court verdict. Pampa was the original base camp to the temple, which was destroyed by the floods in July.

Hours ahead of the opening of the hill shrine for the monthly prayer, the police said they would not let anyone block the movement of the people.

Taking full control of Nilackal, police also warned against those who creating hurdles for pilgrims. Another woman from Alappuzha district of Keala, said to be in the below 50 years age group, who was on the way to Sabarimala armed with the Supreme Court order was stopped from proceeding at the Pathanamthitta bus terminal by passengers. They went after her.

Some activists of the Sabarimala Achara Samrakshana Samiti, who had stayed back at Nilakkal, also allegedly prevented media persons from carrying out their professional duty. Republic TV reported that its South Bureau Chief Pooja Prasanna and her crew were attacked by a mob of over 100 men en route Sabarimala. Unable to bear the anger Madhavi made a decision to return.

It was an intimidating atmosphere for journalists - one can only imagine what it was like for any women wanting to attend the temple.

Speaking to Khaleej Times, V Nandakumar, Chief Communications Officer at Lulu Group, said: "We have a strict and zero tolerance policy with regard to our staff misusing social media to spread malicious or derogatory comments which might hurt religious sentiments".

Groups of women devotees including senior citizens, clad in traditional sarees, had stopped each and every vehicle at Nilackal Tuesday.

Thousands of protesters gathered on the roads leading to the hilltop temple and heckled any woman they suspected was going there.

The incident happened despite the heavy deployment of police personnel in and around Pamba.

Related News:



Most liked

Pilots killed in jet crash during military excercise
The general staff said the crash occurred between the towns of Khmilnyk and Berdychiv. One pilot was a USA national, said local media reports.

Woman apologises for accusing 9-year-old of sexual assault
He followed that up with another video - this one showing police officers arriving at the woman's home . She has since returned to the store to review the CCTV footage.

Sears files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
But Trump added that numerous Sears' sites will be put to "good use" and mean a lot of jobs. The REITs have looked forward to a bankruptcy to remove the eyesore of many Sears stores.

Eden Hazard keen on future reunion with Jose Mourinho
Although plenty of the conversation concerns Hazard's recent performances, he couldn't but dwell on a relationship that most would have assumed had soured beyond all hope.

Nine climbers missing on Nepal's Mount Gurja after storm hits camp
Five South Korean climbers and their four Nepalese guides were found dead on Saturday. after a snowstorm in the Himalayas. The police officer said a search-and-rescue team on a helicopter was likely to collect and retrieve the bodies on Sunday.

NASA chief: Soyuz-crash probe will 'go swiftly,' keeping launches on schedule
Roscosmos has launched an inquiry into the accident and all Russian manned launches have been suspended , the report said. Mr Bridenstine also praised the two crew members and said, 'It's awesome everyone came home safely.

Mourners hold funerals for 7 killed in Gaza
And on Thursday, a Palestinian man stabbed and wounded an Israeli soldier, raising the possibility of a revenge attack. The majority were killed during border demonstrations, though others died in airstrikes and tank shelling.

What marketers are saying about Facebook’s new Portal video chat devices
In a bid to carve out its share of the smart home devices industry, Facebook has announced the Portal and Portal +. Portal and Portal + are available now for pre-order in the USA from Facebook , Amazon and Best Buy.

China's September trade surplus with US widens to record $34.13 billion
That designation would be a first for China and would trigger a process that could lead to punitive steps after a series of talks. But he and Xi Jinping will have a chance to work things out when they meet likely next month on the sidelines of the G20 summit.

All US F-35s grounded worldwide
In May, Israel announced it had conducted the first combat missions ever using the F-35 but offered few details. The engines of the aircraft will be checked for suspected faulty tubes and replacements made where necessary.

Ballon d'Or: Gareth Bale among first five nominees to be announced
Federation Internationale de Football Association split from the Ballon d'Or in 2016 to launch its own set of awards. Roberto Firmino from Brazil, Liverpool and Diego Godin from Uruguay, Atletico Madrid .

Hurricane Michael Shutters 700000 Bpd Of Oil Production
In large areas of Mexico Beach, homes were obliterated or reduced to stacks of rubble, aerial video from CNN showed on Thursday. Brock Long, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said he's anxious the number of deaths will rise Thursday.

Brees breaks NFL's all-time passing yards record
This could be bad news for Peterson, who has looked nearly like his old self since signing with the Redskins. The two teams will play November 4 in the next game at the Superdome. "It's not going to keep me out".

Hurricane Michael prompts Alabama to declare state of emergency
For storm information specific to your area, please monitor products issued by your national meteorological service. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 205 miles (335 km) primarily to the east of the center.

Google exposed personal data of nearly 500,000 and didn't disclose it
Google and Apple are both now giving users more control over their data and the ability to limit what third parties can access. Google will take the next 10 months to kill off G+ for consumers, finishing it off by August of 2019.