Just two days after two women in their mid-40s entered the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala, yet another woman in her late-40s entered the Temple on Thursday night amid the ongoing protests in several parts of the Southern region of the country. The 46-year-old woman, hailing from Sri Lanka, is identified as Sasikala. As per sources, Sasikala went till the 18 holy steps at the temple, popularly called Pathinettampadi, however, she was stopped by the police and was asked to return back.
After being blocked to enter, she presented her medical certificate stating that she has reached menopause and also said that she had 48 days of Mandala Vratham(fast) before offering darshan at the temple.
While speaking to the reporters at the temple, irked Sasikala stated that she was stopped by the police before heading towards the 18 holy steps to enter the temple.
"I did not get the darshan. They did not allow me to offer prayers. I went near the steps, they did not let me go. I have a medical certificate. I am not afraid of anyone. I have come here for god. The rules state that we have to maintain penance for 48 days. I have followed the 48 days Mandalam Vritham after I reached there. They told me I cannot go there. Police did not let me go ahead, I could not get the darshan. I will be calm. Ayyappan will answer. I am an Ayyappan devotee. They did not let me climb the steps."
On January 2, two women in their early 40s, identified as Bindu and Kanakdurga, entered the Sabarimala Temple triggering large-scale protests across the state. Video of them entering the temple went viral across multiple platforms.
A dawn-to-dusk hartal was also called in Kerala by several Hindu outfits including Sabarimala Karma Samithi on Thursday, a day after the two women entered the Sabarimala sanctorum. The protest turned into violent street fights between the workers of BJP and CPI(M). Police were forced to use tear gas and lathi charge to disperse the agitators. More than 700 people were arrested by the police in connection with multiple incidents of violence in the state.