Sabarimala row: Widespread Protests across Kerala

Widespread Protests have erupted across Kerala on Thursday after two women under the age group of 50 walked into the Sabarimala temple in Kerala on Wednesday, becoming the first to do so since the Supreme Court ordered last year to end the decades-old ban on women of menstrual age entering the shrine.

The ruling BJP and other groups have called for shutdown. The Congress-led United Democratic Front said it would observe a “black day”.

A Karma Samiti worker who was injured on Wednesday in clash in Pandalam succumbed to his injuries.

According to the sources, over 100 persons were injured in today’s violence. Several party offices and houses were also attacked throughout the state.

Bindhu and Kanakadurga, who entered Sabarimala temple on Wednesday were given protection after they sought security to visit shrine, said chief minister. 

Many university examinations which were scheduled for Thursday have been postponed.

All educational institutions in the state are also closed. 

Ambulances are being used today to help stranded passengers at Thiruvananthapuram Central as bus services are affected in the area due to strike called by organisations.

Supreme Court declines urgent hearing on Sabarimala contempt petition. The apex court said that the review petition is already listed on January 22.