1/2/2019 2:23:35 PM
|written By : Team India Se|
Two women defied a centuries-old ban on entering the Sabarimala temple in India's southern state of Kerala in the early hours of Wednesday (January 2), the state's chief minister said, raising fears of a backlash from conservative Hindu groups.
A video from a local police official posted online by the ANI news agency showed two women inside the temple with their heads covered.
Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala's chief minister, said in a televised news conference that the two women, who had previously been blocked by devotees from entering the temple, faced no obstruction on Wednesday.
It was not immediately clear how the women managed to avoid devotees guarding the temple on Wednesday.
The move came as hundreds of thousands of women formed a 620km-long human chain across Kerala in support of the court order.
Last year, violent protests broken out in the state after India's Supreme Court in September ordered the authorities to lift a ban on women or girls of menstruating age - between 10 and 50 - from entering the temple. It draws millions of worshippers every year.