Amid protests over the historic entry of two women inside Kerala’s Sabarimala Temple, a Sri Lankan woman climbed the steps of the Lord Ayyappa Temple but wasn't allowed to go beyond even as she produced the medical certificate of her being of the menopause age. According to the information shared by news agency ANI on Twitter, the 46-year-old Sri Lankan devotee had informed the state police about her visit. She claimed that she had reached menopause and presented her medical certificates also. The devotee then went the steps of the temple but wasn't allowed to go beyond and pray the celibate deity. Kerala has been hit by massive protests by groups, who are protesting the women’s entry in Sabarimala Temple. Interestingly, both the Congress and the BJP are on the same side and are opposing the Supreme Court order. The political arch-rivals along with several right-wing groups called two-day state shutdown.
On Thursday, as many as 266 people were arrested in connection with the violent protests staged by right-wing groups in the last two days after two women of menstruating age entered into the Sabarimala temple, the state police said. A group of 334 people was taken under preventive custody, they added. As the state continued to witness massive violence due to the hartal called by Hindu outfits, the police launched a special drive, 'Operation Broken Window' to take action against those indulging in violent protests, they said.
The special branch would prepare the list of those indulging in violence and hand it over to the district police chiefs for further action, the police said in a released. A photo album of the perpetrators of violence would also be prepared, the release said, adding that special teams would be set up to arrest those agitators involved in violence.
Mobile phones of suspected persons would be confiscated and sent for digital examination and raids would be carried out at their homes, to unearth arms, if any, it said. Cases would also be registered against those involved in alleged hate campaign on social media, it added.
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The state is on a boil since Wednesday when two women-- Bindu and Kanakadurga in their forties trekked the Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala and offered prayers early Wednesday, taking everyone by surprise. The dawn to dusk shutdown called by Sabarimala Karma Samithi, an umbrella organisation of various pro-Hindutva groups, and the Antarrashtriya Hindu Parishad Thursday led to violent protests, never seen in the state's recent history.