Two women today entered the Hindu temple Sabarimala in Kerala, in southern India, the first to achieve the feat since the Supreme Court in September lifted the ban that weighed on females between 10 and 50 years of age menstruating , and according to the impure tradition.
"Two women entered the Sabarimala temple, we had sent orders to the police to provide as much protection as possible to any woman who wants to access the temple," the head of the Government of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan, told reporters.
Both, under 50, entered the sanctum sanctorum at dawn escorted by several agents, after in recent months dozens of women tried unsuccessfully to make the pilgrimage to Sabarimala, to be their attempts suspended by hundreds of devotees and demonstrators of groups of extreme right Hindu.
Images disseminated by local media show two women dressed in black and their heads covered with handkerchiefs accessing the temple among a crowd of men, after having made the ascent of 5 kilometers from the town of Pamba.
The ruling of the highest judicial body came after a petition promoted in 2006 by the Association of Young Lawyers in India challenging the century-old tradition against women of menstruating age, considered impure.
The decision sparked protests by followers of the celibate god Ayyappa, as well as the regional section of the BJP party of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and the historic Congress Party, which joined the devotees during the demonstrations to prevent the rise of women.