Women retreat due to mounting protests in Sabarimala

Sabarimala: The two women who tried to trek the hill under tight police security on Monday have retreated from going forward. Huge protests were staged against the women. One of the women experienced uneasiness and fell unconscious. Kanagadurga was feeling uneasy as she was trekking the hill. The police insisted them to retreat from their step considering law and order issue. Meanwhile, conflicts occurred between the police and protestors while returning from hill.

Devaswom minister Kadakampally Surendran had said that the women will have to go back if protests intensify. Responding to the ongoing situation at Sabarimala, the minister said that the police were trying to ensure safety and security and maintain law and order.

Trouble broke out early on Monday, when police accompanying the two women clashed with angry pilgrims after they created hurdles for the two women devotees, who are below the age of 50, from proceeding ahead for their darshan.

The police had to resort to lathi-charge and shield Bindu from Malappuram and Kanaka Durga from Kannur as angry Ayyappa devotees chanted slogans and approached them menacingly.

The 100-men from the police team managed to take the two up the pathway but have been stuck since 8 a.m. about one kilometre from the shrine as more than a thousand pilgrims have created a wall, chanting Ayyappa hymns and shouting slogans -- determined not to allow the two to go any further.

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