Times of India

Tension continues to prevail in the Indian State of Kerala a day after protests and violence against the entry of women of menstruating age at the famous Sabarimala Temple.

According to Indian media the state government has banned the gathering of more than five people at the base camps from where devotees head to the hill-top shrine.

A state-wide shutdown has been called today by Hindu hardliners who blocked intersections and threatened drivers.

Barring the left government in the state, Indian PM Modi’s party the BJP, the opposition congress, and Hindu groups are ranged against the Supreme Court order last month overturning a centuries-old ban on women between 10 and 50 years entering Sabarimala.

As the temple opened to devotees yesterday, protesters attempting to block women from visiting the shrine clashed with the police and even attacked women journalists. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said no one would be allowed to stop devotees going to Sabarimala.

This morning, however, two journalists of the New York Times were forced to drop their trek to Sabarimala afteA