Nilakkal: Two young women, en route to Lord Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala, were forced to return to Pamba by protesters at Neelimala. The women were identified as Reshma Nishanth and Shanila. Though the women said that they will not back off from their plan to offer prayers at the temple, the police forced them to return as protests mounted.
Five people who recognized the women blocked them at Neelimala and started chanting mantras. Reshma Nishanth and Shanila Sajeesh who had come to Sabarimala earlier too have reached again. The protestors later divided themselves into two groups and sat on the spot.
A 8-member group including two women reached Sabarimala early morning at 4.30. 5 people staged protest when the group reached near the water tank at Neelimala. Though there were only a few police officers on the spot, more arrived and provided protection.
The women were reluctant to return even after assistant commissioner A Pradeep Kumar talked with them. Following this, the protestors sat at the spot. The women were also stubborn in their stand.
On January 2, Kanakadurga, 44, and Bindhu, 42, had entered the hill shrine, three months after the Supreme Court allowed women of all age groups to enter the temple.