The apex court is hearing a batch of petitions seeking review of the verdict allowing the entry of women of all ages into the Sabarimala shrine.
Kanaka Durga, who had been undergoing treatment at Calicut medical college after allegedly being attacked by her mother-in-law, was taken to the government shelter home at Perinthalmanna after her brother and husband declared that she won't be allowed to enter their houses.
Earlier this month, Kanakadurga and Bindu Ammini, below the age of 50, entered and offered prayers at the Sabarimala temple defying a centuries-old ban on entry of women, in their menstrual age, to the temple. After which the state witnessed heavy protests.
The incident came a day after, two women of menstruating age, Bindu and Kanakadurga, entered the Lord Ayyappa temple to offer prayers.
"The 'tantri' should have quit, if he had any objection to the apex court order as he was also a party to the case," he said.
The BJP is supporting the shutdown while the Congress-led UDF is observing a "black day" on Thursday.
The BJP state unit has been protesting ever since the Kerala government has been trying to implement the Supreme Court order of opening the Sabarimala temple to women of all ages.
The day also saw three young women expressing their desire to visit the holy shrine, but in a "friendly atmosphere".
The activist, who reached in Kochi around 4.40 am along with six young women en route to the hill temple, has been unable to come out of the airport, with the protesters saying her group would not be allowed to proceed to the Sabarimala temple.
The Sabarimala temple opened on Friday evening amid mounting tension in the backdrop of the stand-off over protests by devotees against entry of the women in 10-50 age group.
The march from Muttur to Sabarimala is in protest against the CPM-led LDF government's to implement the Supreme Court order on Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala.
Those younger are stationed along the route from Nilackal base camp to Pamba, from where the pilgrims trek 5 km to the temple of Lord Ayyappa
Tight security arrangements are in place here in the backdrop of violent protests over entry of women of menstrual age.
Kerala had witnessed widespread protests by devotees after the state government made it clear that it was bound to implement the Supreme Court's verdict on entry of women of all ages into the hill shrine.
Shah's wish to trek the hills comes days after Amit Shah extended full support to devotees who are protesting against the entry of all women into the shrine.
Swami Sandeepananda Giri has been appearing on media openly supporting women’s entry to Sabarimala.
The temple had witnessed high drama recently with around a dozen women in the 10-50 age group being prevented by protesting devotees from entering it after the doors were opened for all women following the apex court verdict.
Preventing women from exercising the religious right of worship was punishable with imprisonment of three years under Sec 295A of The Indian Penal Code (IPC), petitioners said.
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