550 women of men­stru­at­ing age regis­ter on­line for dar­shan

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A to­tal of 550 women from the hith­erto banned age group of 10 to 50 years have reg­is­tered on­line for prayers at the Sabari­mala tem­ple dur­ing the up­com­ing fes­ti­val sea­son be­gin­ning on November 16.

Ac­cord­ing to the Tra­van­core Deva­som Board, till Fri­day close to 3.50 lakh pil­grims have booked for ‘dar­shan’ through the Ker­ala Po­lice’s on­line fa­cil­ity. It in­cludes 550 women be­tween 10 and

50 years of age, the tem­ple cus­to­di­ans said.

To reg­u­late and stream­line the devo­tees, the on­line reg­is­tra­tion de­signed and de­vel­oped by the po­lice was opened to weed out trou­ble­mak­ers, who have cre­ated dis­tur­bances in the last two months. Both tem­ple au­thor­i­ties and protesters stopped 15 women from the 10-50 age group from pray­ing at the shrine in Oc­to­ber and November.

‘By re­duc­ing the sanc­ti­fied shrine into a place for po­lit­i­cal bat­tle, the state BJP chief openly gloats that this has been a golden op­por­tu­nity for his party, which is ut­terly shame­ful’

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Padipooja was per­formed at the Sabari­mala tem­ple on Nov 6. Shashi Tharoor, Congress leader

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