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Sabarimala protests: These two women reached temple hilltop but returned amid protests

Sabarimala protests: Police and the two women are likely to return to Pamba as they don't intend to engage in violence. The government doesn't want Sabarimala to be a site for activism

Journalist Kavitha Jakkal and activist Rehana Fathima who tried to reach the Sabarimala temple, returned amid protests and violence. (Express Photo by Vignesh Krishnamoorthy)

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Former Travancore Devaswom Board president Prayar Gopalakrishnan said that women trying to enter the shrine is an agenda-driven process and alleged that police is trying to help them in this activity. (Express Photo by Vignesh Krishnamoorthy)

As protests continued and violence intensified on the second day since Sabarimala temple opened its doors, the Travancore Devaswom Board on Thursday said it was ready for any compromise to bring peace to the hill shrine. (Express Photo by Vignesh Krishnamoorthy)

Woman activist Rehana Fathima on the other hand said that people who want to disrupt peace did not allow them to enter, not the devotees. Citing her reason to tread back from the climb to hill shrine, Fathima said her life was in danger and so she has decided to return. (Express Photo by Vignesh Krishnamoorthy)

Flanked by police personnel, and wearing protective gear, the women got as far as ‘Marakootam’ – this is where another woman was stopped Thursday. (Express Photo by Vignesh Krishnamoorthy)

Returning midway from their trek to Sabarimala, journalist Kavitha Jakkal was filled with pride and thankful for the support both women received. (Express Photo by Vignesh Krishnamoorthy)