India arrests 750 as third woman enters flashpoint temple in Kerala

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"According to ancient tradition, the Sabarimala Temple doesn't admit women old enough to menstruate. At least 15 others were injured in incidents across the state", Kumar added.

Bindu Hariharan, 42, a professor of legal studies, was one of the women who entered the temple on Wednesday.

In September, India's Supreme Court overturned a ban on women of menstruating age - deemed as those aged 10 to 50 - setting foot in the gold-plated hilltop temple.

In 1991, a Kerala High Court legalized this interpretation when it ruled that only a priest could decide whether or not women were permitted to enter the temple.

"We reached Pampa, the main entry point to the temple at 1.30am and sought police protection [.]".

Police were guarding the homes of the women after they left the temple and were prepared to let more women enter the temple, he said.

Police were also prepared to go with other women who wanted to enter the temple, the official said.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, for his part, called the Women's Wall a "movement for equality, gender sensitivity, and social awakening", while The Times of India framed the event as a "historic moment for gender equality". "Some public services have been disrupted in the wake of clashes between police and protesters".

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He accused the BJP of triggering violence when police fired tear gas at several places to disperse stone-throwing mobs protesting the women's entry. Again, no injuries were reported.

Speaking to The Times of India, police spokesman Pramod Kumar said there was no shutdown on Friday.

Addressing party workers at Karette on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram, Vijayan ridiculed the BJP and RSS and asked why they have not called for a hartal after one more woman had trekked the hills and offered prayers at Sabarimala. "There were men, too, who stood up in support and solidarity, affirming their commitment to gender equality".

Indian Hindu devotees are pictured at the Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala in the southern state of Kerala on November 16, 2018.

Allow me to divert your attention from the U.S.'s controversial border wall proposal for a wall of a different sort: India's "women wall", a continuous chain of over five million women stretching almost 400 miles through the state of Kerala, India.

On Wednesday, hundreds of women in Mumbai, India's financial capital, also formed a human chain to express support for the women in Kerala.

India's Supreme Court declared the ban to be unconstitutional in September. Their massive, peaceful demonstration - which drew women of all ages, classes and religions - stands in direct contrast to the violent riots enacted throughout the region by opponents of the court's decision. "Police or political party agenda, as was being alleged by the BJP and others, is baseless", she said.

Wednesday's news sparked uproar among Hindu devotees, including many in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), who believe that women of menstruating age should not enter the temple because its diety, Ayyappa, was celibate.

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