Sabarimala: Women who defied temple mobs ‘have no fear’ – BBC News

Two women who defied protesters to enter one of Hinduism’s holiest temples say they have no fear of mobs enraged by their actions.

Kanaka Durga, 39, and Bindu Ammini, 40, made history by entering Sabarimala shrine in India’s Kerala state on Wednesday, sparking protests.

The women told the BBC they felt it necessary to uphold women’s rights.

In September the Indian Supreme Court said the temple’s ban against women of menstruating age was discriminatory.

Hinduism regards menstruating women as unclean and bars them from participating in religious rituals – but most temples allow women to enter as long as they are not menstruating at the time.

Some protesters argue that the court ruling goes against the wishes of the temple’s deity, Lord Ayappa, and reacted angrily.

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