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India braces for face-off after lifting of ban on temple entry for women of menstrual age

Sabarimala temple

By: Keerthi Mohan

Hundreds of members of a conservative Hindu group in southern India will lie down at the entrance of a hill temple to stop women of menstruating age from entering, its chief said, even after the supreme court last week lifted a centuries-old ban. The government of the state of Kerala is bracing for a face-off between the protesters and women and girls aged 10-50 who want to visit the Sabarimala hill temple, which attracts tens of millions of pilgrims every year, when it re-opens on October 17. The state’s police force has asked neighbouring states to provide policewomen for the protests because…

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