TDN World Desk: A 12-year-old girl was stopped on her way to the Sabarimala shrine in Kerala on Tuesday morning while her family was reportedly asked to proceed without her.
As per a recent Supreme court order women and girls between 10 and 50 can visiti the shrine without any legal obligation. But, they have been unable to do so because of stiff opposition from priests, rightwing activists and even some political parties.
As reported by NDTV, the girl and her family from Puducherry were stopped as they reached Pamba around 10 am and asked to produce an ID. After checking her Aadhaar card the police told her to stay back at a room in base camp while her family could continue the trek.
The Sabarimala shrine opened for the 41-day annual pilgrimage season on Saturday evening. Hours before the shrine was opened for the devotees, 10 women from Andhra Pradesh were sent back from the hill shrine.