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Indian Temple Set To Allow Entry To Menstruating Females

A temple in southern India which is one of the largest Hindu pilgrimage centres in the world is set to open its doors to females of menstruating age following a ruling by the top court.

Police officer Manoj Abraham says some 1,000 officers cleared protesters from the vicinity of the Sabarimala temple in Kerala state on Wednesday, hours before the temple's doors were to open to females between the ages of 10 to 50.

The temple had previously barred women and girls of ages 10 to 50.The Supreme Court lifted the ban last month, holding that equality is supreme irrespective of age and gender.

Temple management and the protesters argue the celibate nature of the temple's presiding deity, Lord Ayyappa, is protected by India's constitution.

Some religious figures consider menstruating women to be impure.

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  • Indian Supreme court
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