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After Manithi Activists, Two More Women Return Following Steadfast Protests By Ayyappa Devotees

A day after 11 activists belonging to Chennai-based ‘Manithi’ (NGO) failed to enter the Lord Ayyappa shrine at Sabarimala, two more women in their forties were turned back without being able to enter the shrine on Monday (24 Dec.), reports The Tribune. The attempt by two women, came a day after a group of 11 women activists of ‘Manithi’, a Chennai-based outfit, unsuccessfully tried to reach the shrine. Stea ...

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HC sets up 3-member team of observers for Sabarimala

The Kerala High Court appointed a three-member team as its observers in Sabarimala during the ongoing Mandala-Makaravilakku festival season in the wake of huge outrage over police restrictions in the temple. The members of the panel are Justice Sirijagan, Justice PR Ramann and ADG of Police Hemachandran. The court came down heavily on the government for the brutal treatment meted out to devotees. During the ...

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Kerala High Court strongly criticized CPM government

Kochi. The Kerala High Court on Monday strongly criticised the government over police actions at Sabarimala including overnight arrests. The HC also directed the advocate general to present himself in the afternoon and give explanation on the matter. The court suggested that devotees must not be held captive to implement the apex court verdict. It questioned the need for strong restrictions at the hill shri ...

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Midnight swoop on devotees in Sabarimala – cops brutalize men chanting prayers

About 70 devotees who were undertaking nama japa at Sabarimala were arrested in a brutal crackdown at 2 am on Monday. They were then taken to Armed Reserve Police Camp in Maniyar. The crackdown triggered state-wide protest across the state with devotees gathering in front of Cliff House, official residence of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and residence of Travancore Devaswom Board chief A Padmakumar at ea ...

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Black day for Sabarimala – devotees dragged, trampled and arrested

Sabarimala. Police arrested devotees who were chanting manthras in Sabarimala. Devotees were standing near the Aravana counter as it was raining. Police asked them to move from there and devotees protested against police’s act by chanting prayers near Nadappanthal. This ended up in police brutality and mass arrest. Police forcefully arrested devotees including women. Police commanded devotees to stop chanti ...

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CPM Fascism in Sabarimala – Devotees suffer as the Police Shut down Toilets, Cut Power-Water Supply to Sannidhanam

At Sannidhanam, the police have resorted to all sorts of human rights violation. Toilets are closed; no drinking water, no food! Power is disconnected too. The same time CPM workers visit the houses and compel the young women to go to Sabarimala for darshan. But, no believer woman is ready to go. Police wear saffron mundu (Kerala version of dhoti) and try to mix with the devotees. Devotees have complained t ...

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Sabarimala under Section 144 till November 6 to avoid escalation of tense situation

Pathanamthitta. District collector PB Nooh has declared Section 144 at Pampa, Elavunkal and Sannidhanam from Saturday midnight till November 6. The decision has been taken after considering the fact that the temple is opening the doors for Chithira Attathirunal (auspicious days according to the Malayalam calendar) where special pujas will be conducted. The police expect a clash between those who oppose the ...

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