Sabarimala Impasse: A planned attack on media? Police extra careful

New Delhi, News24 Bureau, Oct 22: Police officials today informed media in the shrine and in the Pamba camp to vacate the area as police had inputs of a targeted attack being planned on the media. The media is keeping a watchful eye on all developments in the Sabarimala temple. The Ayappa shrine will shut down tonight and women protagonist are hell-bent on breaking the taboo and jaded customs.

The Supreme Court has said they will consider tomorrow when it can take up the hearing the fresh petitions (writ and review) in regard to the entry of women in the age group 10-50 in Kerala's Sabarimala temple. There are 19 review petitions pending before the Supreme Court in connection with the Sabarimala temple.Today will be the last chance for women below 50 years of age to make history by walking through the doors of the Sabarimala temple since the temple opened on Wednesday for the first time after the top court's ruling.The Ayyappa shrine, which was scheduled to be open for 5 days, will shut tonight at 10 pm. So far, 9 women in the 'banned' age group have attempted the trek to the hilltop temple and have met with angry protesters forcing them to return. In the latest case, a woman yesterday suffered from a panic attack and had to be taken to a hospital near Sabarimala after masses of protesters surrounded and heckled her. A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice SK Kaul considered the submissions of lawyer Mathews J Nedumpara that his petition seeking review of the constitutional bench judgment be listed for urgent hearing."We know that there are 19 review petitions pending. By tomorrow we will decide," the bench said. Nedumpara was mentioning the petition filed by National Ayyappa Devotees Association.A five-judge constitution bench by a ratio of 4:1 had held that women of all age groups should be allowed entry in Kerala's Sabarimala Temple.

With Agencies