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Sabarimala : Two women below 50 claim to have entered Sabarimala Temple

Sabarimala Temple Row : Two women devotees Bindu and Kanakdurga in their 40's have claimed that they entered and offered prayers at Kerala's Sabarimala Temple at 3:45 am on Wednesday. They released a video of them entering the temple. They had earlier tried to visit Sabarimala Temple in December 2018 but had failed amidst massive protests. According to BBC India

According to Hindustan times, The Sabarimala Temple in Kerala has been shut for purification after two women below the age of 50 claimed on Wednesday that they had entered Lord Ayyappa's shrine. A video showing the women enter the shrine has been circulating online. They reportedly used a side entrance which is reserved for VIPs to directly reach the 'sopanam' and into the sanctum.

Nobody should interfere in beliefs: Rajini on Sabarimala row

Talking about the controversy surrounding women's entry to Sabarimala Temple, actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth has said nobody should interfere in beliefs and traditions that have been followed over the years. He added that the Supreme Court verdict allowing entry to women of menstruating age should not be ignored but caution must be exercised while dealing with issues of religion and rituals.

Who is Rehana Fathima ?

Rehana Fathima is known for her angst over a male professor's comments on the students' breasts. The professor compared them to watermelons and further advised girls to cover themselves since they attract men.

In protest to this, Rehana Fathima, a 31-year-old government employee, she posed nude with watermelons. The model and activist from Kochi received massive backlash for the same. However, she explained that this was needed because she wanted "to question the restrictions regarding a woman baring her body", as per a report in The Times of India.

She was also a part of several other movements of dissent. Fathima was the first woman to participate in the traditional Onam tiger dance, Thrissur Pulikali, that is traditionally done by all-male troupes. She has also been a part of the Kiss of Love campaign against moral policing, as per TOI.

Fathima had earlier posted a picture of her wearing the 'mala' on Facebook with a single word caption: "Philosophy".

But Rehana Fathima is no stranger to controversies or standing up to them. She broke into the headlines in March this year when, in protest against comments from a professor in Kozhikode who said women should cover their watermelon-like-breasts, she posted pictures of herself with watermelons covering her breasts. Hours after sharing the pictures, they were taken down by Facebook after a flurry of trolls and threats.
In 2014, she participated in the Kiss of Love campaign in Kerala against moral policing. Her partner, filmmaker Manoj K Sreedhar, had shared a clip of the kiss on Facebook. She was the only woman in the Ayyanthol PuliKali team, a traditional Onam tiger dance usually done by all-male troupes. She had then told Manorama she had always wanted to “perform in a space dominated by men”.

Rehana, a telecom technician with BSNL, has also acted in an art film named Eka which focussed on intersexuality. The posters of the film carried the tagline: ‘I am intersex. I have a penis and vagina by birth. I want to live’. The producers of the film claimed it was the first film of its kind to be produced in India.

The 31-year-old government employee and mother-of-two, Rehana was born in an orthodox Muslim family. She says she became disillusioned with religion after her father’s death. A report in the The Times of India quoted Rehana as saying she wants to question the restrictions regarding a woman baring her body and make a point on women’s assertion of her own self. Her Facebook bio seems to sum her up well: ‘Break the rules’. Rehana has come back without entering the temple, but her trek was yet another bid to break the glass ceiling.

Sabarimala Chief Priest's Aides Won't Meet Kerala Chief Minister

Had things worked as planned, representatives of the Tantri family and the Pandalam palace would have met the Chief Minister in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday. But that is not to be, as the Tantri family and the palace have decided not to travel to the State capital for the meeting till the government decides in favour of filing a review petition on the Supreme Court verdict.

The representatives of Sabarimala temple's 'tantri' (chief priest) will not attend a conciliation meeting called by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to discuss the September 28 Supreme Court verdict that threw open the temple to all women, it was announced today.

"Let us hear the final decision of the state government with regards to the filing of a review petition against the top court's verdict. Once that is known, then we will decide on what needs to be done. To deploy female police personnel in the temple premises is a violation of the temple practices," Sabarimala priest Kantararu Mohanaru told the media.

The meeting is scheduled to be held tomorrow.

Following the verdict, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had categorically said that no review petition would be filed and the state government will do all the things needed to implement it.