India: Violent protests over female temple entry paralyse Kerala state

Schools were reportedly closed and public transport was suspended as violent protests continued across the southern Indian state of Kerala on Thursday, as two women made history by entering an ancient Hindu temple. Groups of angry Hindu traditionalists were seen clashing with police and hurling smoke bombs at officers. According to reports, around 745 people were arrested since the beginning of... Еще the unrest. One person was killed in clashes. The protests erupted across the southern Indian state of Kerala on Wednesday, after two women — Bindu Ammini, 40, and Kanakadurga Durga, 39, walked into one of the world's largest Hindu pilgrimage sites, the Sabarimala temple in Thiruvananthapuram, the state's capital. The temple had barred women of 'menstruating age' from entering. On September 28, India's Supreme Court revoked the centuries-old ban. However, traditionalists continued to block women between 10 and 50 from worshipping at the shrine. Hindu nationalists, supported by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), demanded a state-wide shutdown in response.

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