Trupti Turns Back, Vows To Return


Lakhs of devotees are expected to throng the shrine during this period. The temple opened on Friday for the 2-month long pilgrimage amid unprecedented security around the Nilackal base camp and up in Pamba to protect women devotees. "We have faith in the government that it will provide security for us", she said.

He accused the Kerala government of trying to destroy the Sabarimala temple.

Speaking about the episode at the Cochin Airport, Desai said, "Protesters were resorting to violence, to hooliganism, they should not have done that".

The board will move the court either on Saturday or Monday, TDB president A Padmakumar told reporters in Pamba on Friday.

After waiting for more than 12 hours at the Cochin International Airport due to protests, Pune-based activist Trupti Desai chose to head back, calling off her plan to visit the Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala over concerns of law and order in Kerala.

The decision brought much relief to police and the other authorities concerned who had been on tenterhooks right from the time Ms. Desai and her team arrived by an Indigo flight amidst stiff protests at 4.40 a.m. Efforts by the police to arrange a cab and to even spirit them away through an exit other than the one at the domestic terminal had all failed.

However, upon her arrival, she could not even step outside the airport because of large scale protests. Several police personnel were deployed to control the situation. The ban is practiced for ages, based on such a tradition, but was ruled as discriminatory by Supreme Court recently. Even basic facilities are missing this time.

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The activist had earlier successfully led the agitation for the entry of women into the inner sanctum of Shani Shingnapur temple in Maharashtra.

When the temple opened for the second time on November 5 and 6 for the Chithira Avittom Pooja, the Pathanamthitta district collector in Kerala imposed Section 144 of the CrPC in Sabarimala and nearby areas.

Indian police mounted a huge security operation on Friday (Nov 16) to ensure women can safely access a flashpoint Hindu temple, after battles erupted the first time they attempted to enter following an historic court ruling.

The Supreme Court will on January 22 reconsider its September judgment that allowed women of all ages to enter the Sabarimala temple.

Over 3,700 persons have been arrested so far and 546 cases registered against various people for violence during protests across the state after the top court permitted women of all ages to pray at the Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala.

The Kerala government met on November 15 and said it had no other option but to implement the September 28 Supreme Court order, following which the Opposition walked out in protest describing the meeting as a "farce".

The court had, earlier on October 9, declined an urgent hearing on the challenge by an association which called the Sabarimala order "absolutely untenable, irrational and perverse". "People who are outside can come inside and attack us", she told Mint in a phone interview.