Protesters block transgender from entering Sabarimala, police allow entry
Pampa: After the entry of women into Sabarimala sparked controversy, protesters blocked a transgender for over half an hour at Pampa on Tuesday. Later, police intervened and allowed the transgender to have darshan at the temple. Madurai native Ajitha (26) who reached here along with her mother was blocked by the protesters on Tuesday.
The protesters blocked them near Swami Ayappan road. Though Ajitha disclosed her identity as a transgender and police verified her identity proof, the protesters were not convinced.
Police arrived on the spot and allowed them to climb the hills. But police asked Ajitha to remove her shawl and ear rings before ascending the hills.
“I have been visiting the shrine since 13 years. I never had such a bad experience before,” said Ajitha.
Police stated that strict action will be taken against the protesters who blocked them after investigating the issue.
Though there is no restriction for transgender people in Sabarimala, the protesters have been blocking them from entering into the shrine.
Another transgender named Kayal was also blocked by the protesters at Pampa last Friday. Following the protest, she aborted her trek to Sabarimala and returned.