Thiruvananthapuram: High security is in place ahead of the opening of Kerala’s Sabarimala temple this evening when women of all ages will be allowed to enter the hill shrine. Nearly 1,000 police personnel have been deployed to manage the crowds. This morning, devotees opposing the entry of girls and women of menstrual age were dispersed by the police. Seven protesters were arrested. On Tuesday, devotees took to the streets to “screen” vehicles and prevent girls and women between the ages of 10 and 50 from visiting the shrine. Local television reports said college students and women journalists were stopped about 20 km away from the temple, which is ensconced in the mountain ranges of the Western Ghats. Seven protestors were arrested last night for trying to stop women devotees.
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