The Kerala High Court recently lifted a restriction on women undertaking the annual trek. Sanal said the Agasthyakoodam trek is far tougher than other treks and only physically fit women should participate in it.
The 11-member group reached Pamba early morning via road from Chennai, braving protests and threats from devotees and organisations opposed to the recent Supreme Court verdict allowing entry to women of all ages at the temple.
BJP Thiruvananthapuram district president S Suresh said that Nair was not a BJP activist and the hartal is being observed as a mark of respect towards Nair who died protesting against the CPI(M) government’s approach towards Sabarimala pilgrims.
The transfer plea said the petitions filed in the High Court were “attempts...to prevent” it “from implementing the judgment” of the apex court lifting age restrictions on entry of women to the hill shrine.