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Kerala Govt Claims 51 Women Entered Sabarimala, Kanakadurga & Bindu Gets Security Cover

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| January 18 , 2019 , 14:28 IST

The Kerala government on Friday claimed in the Supreme Court that 51 women under the age of 50 entered the Sabarimala temple, ever since the Supreme Court’s September 28 verdict, allowing women of all ages entry into the Sabarimala temple.

The top court also directed Kerala Police to ensure round-the-clock security to two women, Kanakadurga and Bindu who had entered the temple first on January 2, despite protests right-wing Hindu groups

The Kerala government also submitted the names and other details of the 51 women who successfully completed their pilgrimage to the shrine. The information is based on digitized records of people who have entered Sabarimala in this season.

The Kerala government’s counsel submitted this list in court in reply to a petition filed by Bindu and Kanakadurga – who were said to be the first women to enter Sabarimala after the Supreme Court verdict seeking police protection. All 51 women, according to the list, are in their forties most in their late forties.

Kerala government’s counsel in court, G Prakash, told TNM, “Almost 7,000 of the people who had entered Sabarimala in this season scanned their tickets after they returned from the Sannidhanam. Of these records, 51 turned out to be women under the age of 50.”

A bench of Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi and Justices LN Rao and SK Kaul was hearing a plea by the two women.

The plea sought directions to all authorities to allow women of all age groups to enter the temple without any hindrance and to ensure security and safe passage, including police security to women wishing to enter the temple in future.

Bindu and Kanakadurga had been living in various unnamed locations after entering Sabarimala temple on January 2. They told TNM that they had done so in order to let the tumultuous law and order situation to settle before they returned home on Monday.

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Kanakadurga had been hospitalized on Tuesday after her mother-in-law attacked her with a wooden plank to the head upon her return. Kanakadurga had previously told reporters that she did not have her family’s support in making the trek to Sabarimala temple.