Woman activist Bindu Ammini attacked on way to Sabarimala temple

Ammini, who created history earlier this year when she and Kanakdurga entered the Sabarimala temple in Kerala, was attacked today when she was on her way to the Sabarimala temple shrine. A video of the attack has gone viral on the social media.

Bindu Ammini was part of a woman’s team headed for the Sabarimala temple to offer prayers at the shrine of Lord Ayyappa.

It is learnt that Bindu Ammini was attacked by a member of a Hindu outfit using pepper or chilli spray outside the police commissionerate. The accused has been identified as Srinath Padmanabhan and was reportedly taken into custody, police said. Quoting sources, news agency PTI said Bindu Amini has been taken to a nearby hospital.

Following the landmark Supreme Court order last year, which allowed women of menstrual age to visit the Sabarimala temple, Bindu Ammini and Kankadurga were the first two women to enter the shrine, despite massive opposition.

Today, Bindu Ammini was part of the team led by gender rights activist Trupti Desai.

A large number of Ayyappa devotees gathered outside the commissionerate to protest against Trupti Desai and other activists.

After reaching Kochi, Trupti Desai proceeded to Sabarimala to offer prayers at the Lord Ayyappa shrine along with few other activists. However, they were taken to the city police commissionerate as soon as they landed at the airport.

Trupti Desai said they preferred to visit the Sabarimala temple on November 26 as it was the Constitution Day.

“I will leave Kerala only after offering prayers at the shrine,” she said.

The Pune-based Desai had made an unsuccessful attempt to enter the temple in November last year, weeks after the Supreme Court lifted the ban that prevented women and girls between the age of 10 and 50 from entering the famous shrine.

Meanwhile, the Sabarimala Action Council staged protests in front Kochi police commissioner’s office against entry of women of menstrual age in the Sabarimala temple.

The Kerala government recently decided not to provide personal protection to women entering the Sabarimala temple. This was after a five-member bench of the Supreme Court recently decided to refer the review pleas filed in response to its 2018 verdict to a larger bench.

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