Kerala: After historic verdict by Supreme Court to allow women entry in Holy Temple of Lord Ayyappa, Sabarimala, massive protest was seen among devotees who refuse the court verdict. Amid protests, the sanctum sanctorum of Lord Ayyappa shrine will be open at 5pm today for the next five days for monthly rituals.
When Republic TV’s South India bureau chief Pooja Prasanna was trying to reach Sabarimala, she was blocked at Nilakkal and allegedly attacked by 100s of protestors. Republic TV claimed their car was smashed by dozens of masked men and their equipment were stolen.
#Sabarimala | SHOCKING: Republic TV's South India bureau chief Pooja Prasanna surrounded and attacked by a 100-strong mob at Nilakkal en-route Sabarimala
— Republic (@republic) October 17, 2018
However online trolls justify this ghastly attack on twitter blaming Arnab Goswami for provoking and inciting the devotees.
Below are few tweets which are not only condemnable but also raises question on mob justice is being justified.
Good job…they think they are above religion
— Shivansh Baru (@shivansh_baru) October 17, 2018
Very good.. should have kicked them for provoking playing with devotion..God is supreme not courts and judges..it's courts that changed the decision ..God's ordinance doesn't change
— rk (@rkvasishtha) October 17, 2018
Remember Arnab's dare yesterday night during debate? Was he not inviting this attack himself?
Don't challenge the Hindus. They may have been sleeping for years, but now they have woken up.#SaveSabarimala #SaveSabarimalaTradition
— Shivji (@ShivjidBoss) October 17, 2018
— Suresh Kochattil (@kochattil) October 17, 2018
Meanwhile BJP stage massive protest at Pathanamthitta. Erstwhile, protestors threaten devotees, block entry of women government officials and cops at Pandalam.
In other reports, two women who tried to enter the Sabarimala shrine on Wednesday were stopped by angry devotees as Kerala remained on the edge over protests against the Supreme Court verdict allowing entry into the shrine to women of all age groups.
According to CNNnews18 report, Madhavim, who hails from Andhra Pradesh, and Libi, a journalist from Kerala, dared to break the centuries-old custom and enter the temple but were forced to turn back. CNN-News18 crew attacked in Sabarimala as protesters stop women from entering the shrine despite Supreme Court orders.
Several women journalists have been attacked by protesters in Sabarimala. Despite police presence, incidents of devotees preventing women from entering the shrine have been on the rise since Wednesday morning. The ritualistic Neyyabhishekom will be held on October 17, 18, and 19. Udayasthamanapuja, Pushpabhishekom, and Padipooja will be held on all the five days and the temple will shut on October 21.
With PTI inputs