As Sabarimala shrine opened for the two-month-long pilgrim season Saturday evening at 5 pm, PTI reported that the police has sent back at least 10 women from Pamba. The women, who are aged between 10 to 50, had come from Andhra Pradesh to offer prayers at the temple. “After they reached Pamba, police checked their identity cards and found that they were in the barred age group and informed them about the current situation in Sabarimala. They did not proceed further,” the police authorities were quoted as saying.
On Friday, the state government indicated that it would not “take young women to the Sabarimala temple” due to the “grey areas” in the Supreme Court’s judgment in the case. The apex court had put a batch of review petitions on hold and referred the matter to a larger bench on Thursday.
Last year, the government had said it would implement the top court’s order, which allowed women to enter the shrine.