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Girl barred from proceeding to Sabarimala Temple in Kerala

Girl barred from proceeding to Sabarimala Temple in Kerala

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 19 Nov 2019, 05:22 pm

Sabarimala/UNI: A 12-year-old girl from Puducherry, who arrived here along with her father on Tuesday for darshan to Lord Ayyappa temple was not allowed to proceed from Pampa.

Women police examined the girl's identity cards and found that she was 12 years.

Her father and other relatives were informed about the current situation in Sabarimala.

Later her father and some relatives proceeded to the temple.

A nine-year-old Keralite girl who came to the temple complex from Karnataka on Monday had a placard around her neck, inscribed with the words "Ready to wait. Will visit the shrine after completing 50 years."

Hridyakrishnan, native of Thrissur, said she had visited the shrine thrice and would visit again only after completing 50.

The Pampa base camp is at the foothills of Sabarimala, about five km from the shrine.

Though the Supreme Court on Thursday gave a verdict referring the Sabarimala review pleas to a larger bench, it maintained that it has not stayed its September 28, 2018, order allowing women of all ages to enter the temple.

The Kerala government has made its position clear that it would not make any effort for the entry of women into the temple.

Last year police provided security to women who faced stiff resistance for their entry into the temple.