550 women reg­is­ter on­line for prayers at Sabari­mala

■ Till Fri­day close to 3.50 lakh pil­grims have booked for ‘dar­shan’ through the Ker­ala Po­lice on­line fa­cil­ity, says Tra­van­core Deva­som Board

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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 on­line fa­cil­ity. It in­cludes 550 women be­tween 10 and 50 years, the tem­ple cus­to­di­ans said.

To reg­u­late and stream­line the devo­tees, the on­line regis­tra­tion de­signed and de­vel­oped by the po­lice was opened to weed out trou­ble mak­ers who have cre­ated dis­tur­bances in the last two months in and around the tem­ple.

Both tem­ple au­thor­i­ties and protesters stopped 15 women from the 10-50 age group from pray­ing at the Lord Ayyappa shrine in Oc­to­ber and No­vem­ber de­spite a Septem­ber 28 Supreme Court rul­ing that al­lowed all women to en­ter the hill­top shrine.

Be­tween Oc­to­ber 17 and 22 and again in No­vem­ber when the tem­ple opened for a day, women devo­tees faced stiff re­sis­tance at Sabari­mala.

Ahead of the next pil­grim­age, the Supreme Court on No­vem­ber 13 will hear a batch of pe­ti­tions against its Septem­ber ver­dict.

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