Published: Thu, October 18, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Clashes as Hindu hardliners block women from Indian temple

Clashes as Hindu hardliners block women from Indian temple

A police vehicle was also attacked. The judges ruled the ban against girls and women aged between 10 and 50 as discriminatory and, therefore, unconstitutional.

A temple in southern India that's one of the largest Hindu pilgrimage centres in the world is set to open its doors to females of menstruating age following a ruling by the country's top court.

In a similar manner, News 18 reporter Neethu Reghukumar was heckled by angry protesters on Tuesday night and the media organisation's auto was attacked after she questioned the Kerala government over its promise on the safety of women devotees.

The Network of Women in Media condemned the attack on the women journalists and said that it is up to the government to ensure that mobs do not interfere with freedom of expression, the public's right to information and the media's right to report.

In Thiruvananthapuram, the meeting between Travancore Devaswom Board and the pro-tradition group comprising tantris and Pandalam ex-royals on Wednesday to find a via media solution fizzled out over whether the board would prefer a review petition before the Supreme Court.

The Kerala government has said it will uphold the supreme court ruling. The protesters alleged that they had resorted to stone-throwing in retaliation after the policemen hurled stones at them. They went after her.

She was among thousands of male devotees making the trek uphill to the temple as protesters, led by the Sabarimala Samrakshna Samiti, called for a 24-hour state-wide shutdown. The auto was reportedly smashed by a mob of 100.

Protesters smashed the windows of a auto carrying a female journalist from CNN NEWS 18, footage from the channel showed.

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The New Delhi Television channel reported that about 20 protesters surrounded a bus in which a reporter of The Newsminute channel was travelling and tried to pull her out. A young woman from Kerala's Alappuzha, identified as Liby, was stopped at the Pathanamthitta bus terminal. TNM's Saritha Balan, Republic TV's Pooja Prasanna, India Today's Mausami Singh, CNN News18's Radhika Ramaswamy and NDTV's Sneha Koshy were either attacked or heckled.

National Commission for Women takes cognizance of the attack on women journalists. "This is just a very old custom the supreme court should not have interfered with". Protesters tried to forcibly stop incoming vehicles to check if they carried women. According to reports, devotees of Lord Ayyappa have been vigilantly checking vehicles for women between the age group of 10-50 at Nilakkal (Nilackal), the main gateway to Sabarimala shrine.

TV footage showed conservative female devotees blocking roads to the temple and singing in support of the ban.

The Sabarimala temple has historically been closed to women of "menstruating age".

Activist Meghna Pant told the AP that Lord Ayyappa's celibacy was not more important than the equality of women.

Kerala's chief minister, Pinarayi Vijayan, said: "At one point, women had no right to cover their breasts in Kerala and the lower castes were made to stand far away from Brahmins".

"Who are men to decide where women can go or not?" she asked.

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