The Hush Post |15:40 am |two-minute-read
To trick protestors who wanted to block the passage of Sabarimala for the women devotees between the age of 10 and 50 years, a 36-year-old woman from Kerala on Wednesday claimed she trekked Sabarimala and offered prayers at the Lord Ayyappa shrine on Tuesday.
But how did she trick them is the question?
Manju, a native of Chathannoor, wrote on her Facebook post, saying she prayed in front of the deity on Tuesday. None of the devotees present there protested.
The picture on the same Facebook group, show the woman had dyed her hair grey to appear elderly.
“I started the trip from Thrissur and visited the shrine on January 8… spent almost two hours at the Sannidhanam (main temple complex). I also sought help from the Akhila Baratha Ayyappa Seva Sangham members who happily helped me to offer prayers,” she claimed.
Manju did not seek police support to enter the temple. She had attempted to trek to the shrine earlier in October. However, on reaching Pamba, she says she was discouraged by the police due to heavy rainfall.
The state had been on boil since January 2 when two women of menstrual age entered the shrine.
A Lankan woman below 50 years also succeeded in entering the temple a few days later.
BJP and right-wing outfits, who have been protesting against the state government’s decision to implement the September 28 order of the apex court, intensified the agitation, leading to widespread violence after two women, Kanakadurga and Bindu, entered the shrine.
The protests also saw return of political violence after a gap with the houses of BJP-RSS and CPI(M) leaders being attacked.