Third woman enters temple despite protests by hardliners
Police in southern India said yesterday that a third woman had entered a flashpoint temple, stoking tensions after two days of clashes involving Hindu hardliners and police.
The Sabarimala temple in Kerala state has been at the centre of a prolonged showdown since India's top court overturned in September a ban on women aged 10 to 50 setting foot inside.
Before dawn on Wednesday, two women in their 40s, escorted by police, wrong-footed devotees to become the first to access the shrine since the landmark verdict, sneaking in via a side entrance. They remained under police protection yesterday.