Pro­test­ers burn Hindu re­li­gious cen­ter in south­ern In­dia

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Pro­test­ers have set fire to a Hindu re­li­gious cen­ter in south­ern In­dia for sup­port­ing a Supreme Court de­ci­sion al­low­ing women of men­stru­at­ing age at one of the world’s largest Hindu pil­grim­age sites.

Swami San­deep­ananda Giri, who runs the cen­ter in Ker­ala state, blamed Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s Hindu Na­tion­al­ist party, which has called for the state’s rul­ing Com­mu­nist Party of In­dia to ap­peal the court’s de­ci­sion.

The state govern­ment says it ar­rested about 2,000 peo­ple for block­ing the en­try of women ages 10-50 when the tem­ple opened for prayers last week.

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