Kerala News

  • Kerala Actor Dileep Removed From Malayalam Film Body, Says Chief Mohanlal
    Senior actor Dileep, who was named in a Malayalam actress kidnapping case, was on Friday removed from the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists, its chief Mohanlal said.
  • "Save Sabarimala": Tradition, Mobs Block Women Trying To Get To Temple
    At Sabarimala temple that is the focus of a battle over gender equality, many are in festive mood, successful - so far - in their bid to keep women out.
  • Explain Who Is A Devotee, Says Woman Who Couldn't Enter Sabarimala
    Amid huge protests by hundreds of devotees at the entrance of Sabarimala temple, woman devotee and activist Rehana Fathima had to come back, without entering the shrine on Friday. As she was walking to the shrine in the morning guarded by hundreds of policemen, from Pamba to Sannidhanam, Ms Fathima's house in Kochi was vandalised by men protesting the Supreme Court's order overturning the ban on menstruating women in Sabarimala. She works with state-run telecom company BSNL and lives with her partner, who had accompanied her to Sabarimala.
  • Close, Cleanse Sabarimala Temple If Women Enter: Royal Trust To Officials
    In case the rituals are broken, the Sabarimala temple should be re-opened only after the head priest cleanses the shrine, the Pandalam Palace Trust tells Sabarimala Devaswom officials.
  • On Your Own, Cops Told Woman After Sabarimala Protests Forced 2 To Return
    As two women tried and failed to take the last few steps to the famed Sabarimala shrine in Kerala on Friday, blocked by fierce protests, a third woman started her climb. Only to be told by the police that she would have to make her way to the hilltop temple alone, unlike her predecessors, who went with heavy police escort and in riot gear. Mary Sweety, 46, only made it to Pamba, the entry point five km from the shrine.
  • "Feeling Proud," Says Reporter, Who Almost Made History At Sabarimala
    Kavitha Jakkal, is one of the two under-50 women, who tried and failed to enter Sabarimala shrine on Friday. She had to stop 500 metres away from the shrine after the head priest told the police that if the two women enter the temple, he will close the gates and stop puja.
  • "Ritualistic Disaster": Senior Cop After 2 Women Turn Back Amid Protests
    Just minutes away from the last 18 steps to the Sabarimala shrine, hundreds of protesters stood in front of policemen, determined to stop two women from entering the temple. Around 300 policemen had escorted the women on a five-km walk to the hilltop shrine, which has opened for the first time since the Supreme Court ended a ban on women of menstruating age or between 10 and 50 entering the temple of Lord Ayyappa.
  • 2 Women Return From Brink Of History After Threat From Sabarimala Priests
    Sabarimala temple: Two women trying to reach the Sabarimala shrine in Kerala under heavy police protection and in riot gear were halted just short of history on Friday as protests by devotees and priests forced them to turn back 500 metres from the temple.
  • 2 Women Almost At Sabarimala Shrine Blocked By Protesters, Priests
    Two women in body armour and helmets, who had trekked 5 km uphill to the Sabarimala temple on Friday escorted by about a 300 policemen in riot gear, were just 10 minutes from the shrine when a large group of protesters formed a human wall to block them.
  • As Women Return, Sabarimala Head Priest Says "We Stand With Devotees": Highlights
    Two days after the Sabarimala temple opened for the first time after the Supreme Court ruling lifting the centuries old ban on entry of women of all age groups, no women has yet been able to visit the Lord Ayyappa shrine.
  • Won't Close Temple, But Women Shouldn't Come, Says Sabarimala Head Priest
    The Sabarimala temple head priest, Kandaru Rajeevaru, on Thursday dismissed reports that the family planned to close down the Lord Ayyappa temple if women entered it to offer prayers. He was reacting at Sannidhanam, the temple complex, after some reports were widely shared on social media that they may close the temple.
  • Sangh Spreading Terror, Destroying Sabarimala's Culture: Pinarayi Vijayan
    Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan blamed Wednesday's violence against the entry of women into the Sabarimala shrine on "Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) backed attackers" and accused the outfit of trying to destroy the temple's individuality.
  • Sabarimala On Edge A Day After Violence, Women Stopped By Protesters
    A day after protests and violence in Kerala against the entry of women of menstruating age at the famous Sabarimala temple, the state government has banned the gathering of more than five people in Sannidhanam, Pamba, Nilakkal, and Elavungal - the base camps from where devotees head to the hill-top shrine. A state-wide shutdown has been called today by a group that calls itself the Sabarimala Protection Committee. Many shops are shut and vehicles are off the roads.
  • NY Times Journalists On Sabarimala Trek Return Amid Protests
    Two journalists of the New York Times, who managed to climb up the pathway to reach the famed Sabarimala temple in Kerala this morning, were forced to abort their trek and turn back following a massive protest by those who are trying to enforce the centuries-old ban on the entry of women of reproductive age in the temple, which was scrapped by the Supreme Court last month.
  • Sabarimala Temple Highlights: Day 2 Of Sabarimala Temple Opening, Prohibitory Orders Imposed
    Over 12 hours after Sabarimala opened its doors to devotees including women of all age groups for the first time after a historic Supreme Court ruling permitting the entry, no woman from the "banned" age group has made it to the hilltop temple as yet.

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