Woman scribe begins climbing Sabarimala hill under heavy security
October 19, 2018  08:24
A woman reporter from Hyderabad began trekking to Sabarimala hill on Friday, a day after a New Delhi-based reporter of a foreign media outlet made a failed bid to visit the shrine.

Police have thrown a security ring around the woman who had requested security to go to Sabarimala Sannidhanam to carry out her professional duty.

The woman is in her late 20s and if she climbed the hills, she would be the first woman from the menstruating age group to visit the Sabarimala temple of Lord Ayyappa after the Supreme Court order permitting women of all age groups to enter the shrine.

Protests against the entry of women of all age groups in Sabarimala Temple continued on Friday with protesters saying, "No woman between 10-50 years of age will enter here. We are protecting Sabarimala."

On Thursday, the New Delhi-based woman journalist was stopped midway by devotees opposing the entry of women of menstrual age into the hill shrine.

The journalist accompanied by her male colleague, a foreigner, descended the hills from Marakkoottam area in the face of mounting protests.

A case has been registered against devotees who allegedly prevented her trekking and forced her to climb down the hills.  -- PTI
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