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Tensions rise over women’s entry to Indian temple

Women chant hymns during a protest called by various Hindu organisations against the lifting of ban by Supreme Court that allowed entry of women of menstruating age to the Sabarimala temple, on the outskirts of Kochi, India, October 7, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram V

By: Keerthi Mohan

Thousands of devotees joined street marches in southern India on Monday (15) as tensions mounted over a recent Supreme Court verdict revoking a ban on women entering a famous Hindu temple. The Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala — considered one of the holiest for Hindus — in Kerala state has traditionally barred all women of menstruating age, between 10 and 50. But India’s top court revoked the ban on women entering the temple in September, ruling that patriarchy cannot be allowed to trump faith. Those protesting against the court’s decision on Monday, including hundreds of women, warned they would step up their protests before…

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