Hindus chant devotional songs during a protest against reports of two women of menstruating age entering the Sabarimala temple, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. The UK Foreign Office said in a statement: "There have been violent protests in some towns and cities in Kerala over the issue of women accessing the Sabarimala temple".
"His injuries were serious and he died late Wednesday night". Around 717 people have been taken into preventive custody so far, and 5,000 people were named in 801 cases filed by police.
The protests remained largely peaceful on Thursday, Vijay Sakhare Inspector General of Police Kochi Range told Reuters.
J Nandakumar, a member-invitee of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh's (RSS) top decision-making body, the Akhil Bharatiya Karyakari Mandal, also alleged that Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan was anti-Hindu.
Some protesters burst makeshift bombs outside a police station in Thiruvananthapuram, police said.
Dismissing the allegations that they have political affiliations, Bindu said those who oppose the entry of women into Sabarimala have always labelled as "Maoists" the women who attempted to trek the hills. On Friday, the closed circuit camera visuals obtained by the local media suggested a woman's spotting near the sanctum, assisted by two police officers in civilian dress. Employees of KSRTC later staged a rally with the damaged buses.
"Women were targeted, especially those who took part in the Women's Wall.Journalists and their equipment. were assaulted".
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Since then women have had their entry blocked in defiance to the ruling, and even been subjected to violence.
Protesters have been targeting women under 50 who attempt the trek to the Sabarimala temple after the Supreme Court's order in September past year.
September's verdict was the latest progressive ruling from the court, with judges also overturning bans on gay sex and adultery previous year.
A day before this, on an interview with ANI the PM was asked about his opinion on the Sabarimala row, and he offered, every temple has its own traditions and so does this pilgrimage site in Kerala.
Sasikala also told the media that her uterus had been removed for medical reasons and therefore she had all rights to go to the temple.
The high court will hear challenges to its ruling later this month.
A BJP supporter was killed during protests in Kerala's capital over the entry of the two women, as activists from the Prime Minister's party clashed with those allied with local communist leadership.
The Supreme Court order opened the gates of the Sabarimala temple, dedicated to Lord Ayyappa, to women and girls in the 10-50 age group, holding that the exclusion based on "menstrual status is a form of untouchability which is an anathema to constitutional values".