Over 500 women reg­is­ter for Sabari­mala dar­shan

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Over 500 women be­long­ing to the tra­di­tion­ally barred age group have reg­is­tered for 'dar­shan' at the Lord Ayyappa tem­ple in Sabari­mala, when it opens for the Man­dala-Makkar­avil­lakku pil­grim sea­son start­ing from Novem­ber 17. The book­ings have been made through po­lice on­line por­tal which got un­der­way from Oc­to­ber 30, po­lice said. "We ran­domly checked up and found that 539 women in the 10-50 age group have booked till yes­ter­day...," a se­nior IPS of­fi­cer told PTI here Satur­day. The fig­ure as­sumes sig­nif­i­cance as the Sabari­mala tem­ple had wit­nessed fren­zied devo­tees op­pos­ing the en­try of women be­long­ing to the men­strual-age in the wake of land­mark Supreme Court ver­dict per­mit­ting women of all ages to of­fer prayers at the hill shrine. The women had reg­is­tered af­ter log­ging into www.sabari­malaq.com. "It is a fact that some names of women have been no­ticed (in the web­site). We do not know if they are real or booked by the same per­son... As of now there is no sys­tem to val­i­date," he said.

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