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Hindu hardliners defy court order to stop women entering temple

Police wield their batons against demonstrators during a protest against the lifting of a ban by Supreme Court that allowed entry of women of menstruating age to the Sabarimala temple, at the Nilakkal Base Camp in Pathanamthitta district in the southern state of Kerala, October 17, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer

Police wield their batons against demonstrators during a protest against the lifting of a ban by Supreme Court that allowed entry of women of menstruating age to the Sabarimala temple, at the Nilakkal Base Camp in Pathanamthitta district in the...more

Police wield their batons against demonstrators during a protest against the lifting of a ban by Supreme Court that allowed entry of women of menstruating age to the Sabarimala temple, at the Nilakkal Base Camp in Pathanamthitta district in the southern state of Kerala, October 17, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer
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Ratnaamma, 51, a Hindu devotee, is surrounded by other devotees as she threatens to commit suicide in protest against the lifting of ban by Supreme Court at Nilakkal Base camp in Pathanamthitta district in the southern state of Kerala, October 16, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram V

Ratnaamma, 51, a Hindu devotee, is surrounded by other devotees as she threatens to commit suicide in protest against the lifting of ban by Supreme Court at Nilakkal Base camp in Pathanamthitta district in the southern state of Kerala, October 16,...more

Ratnaamma, 51, a Hindu devotee, is surrounded by other devotees as she threatens to commit suicide in protest against the lifting of ban by Supreme Court at Nilakkal Base camp in Pathanamthitta district in the southern state of Kerala, October 16, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram V
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Hindu devotees stop a car to check if any women of menstruating age are headed towards the Sabarimala temple, at Nilakkal Base camp in Pathanamthitta district in the southern state of Kerala, October 16, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram V

Hindu devotees stop a car to check if any women of menstruating age are headed towards the Sabarimala temple, at Nilakkal Base camp in Pathanamthitta district in the southern state of Kerala, October 16, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram V

Hindu devotees stop a car to check if any women of menstruating age are headed towards the Sabarimala temple, at Nilakkal Base camp in Pathanamthitta district in the southern state of Kerala, October 16, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram V
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Hindu devotees take part in a motorcycle rally as part of a protest against the lifting of a ban by Supreme Court at Nilakkal Base camp in Pathanamthitta district in the southern state of Kerala, October 16, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram V

Hindu devotees take part in a motorcycle rally as part of a protest against the lifting of a ban by Supreme Court at Nilakkal Base camp in Pathanamthitta district in the southern state of Kerala, October 16, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram V

Hindu devotees take part in a motorcycle rally as part of a protest against the lifting of a ban by Supreme Court at Nilakkal Base camp in Pathanamthitta district in the southern state of Kerala, October 16, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram V
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Hindu devotees gather at a temple during a protest against the lifting of a ban by Supreme Court at the Nilakkal Base Camp in Pathanamthitta district in the southern state of Kerala, October 17, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram V

Hindu devotees gather at a temple during a protest against the lifting of a ban by Supreme Court at the Nilakkal Base Camp in Pathanamthitta district in the southern state of Kerala, October 17, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram V

Hindu devotees gather at a temple during a protest against the lifting of a ban by Supreme Court at the Nilakkal Base Camp in Pathanamthitta district in the southern state of Kerala, October 17, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram V
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Policemen control the members of Hindu groups at the Nilakkal Base Camp, to prevent them from clashing with women of menstrual age entering Sabarimala temple for the first time in centuries, in Pathanamthitta, in the southern state of Kerala, October 17, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram V

Policemen control the members of Hindu groups at the Nilakkal Base Camp, to prevent them from clashing with women of menstrual age entering Sabarimala temple for the first time in centuries, in Pathanamthitta, in the southern state of Kerala, October...more

Policemen control the members of Hindu groups at the Nilakkal Base Camp, to prevent them from clashing with women of menstrual age entering Sabarimala temple for the first time in centuries, in Pathanamthitta, in the southern state of Kerala, October 17, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram V
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Police is seen deployed at the Nilakkal Base Camp to prevent clashes between women of menstrual age entering the Sabarimala temple for the first time in centuries and conservative Hindu groups out to stop them, in Pathanamthitta, in the southern state of Kerala, October 17, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram V

Police is seen deployed at the Nilakkal Base Camp to prevent clashes between women of menstrual age entering the Sabarimala temple for the first time in centuries and conservative Hindu groups out to stop them, in Pathanamthitta, in the southern...more

Police is seen deployed at the Nilakkal Base Camp to prevent clashes between women of menstrual age entering the Sabarimala temple for the first time in centuries and conservative Hindu groups out to stop them, in Pathanamthitta, in the southern state of Kerala, October 17, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram V
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Policemen escort members of the Hindu groups to Pampa base camp, to prevent them from clashing with women entering Sabarimala temple, in Pathanamthitta district in the southern state of Kerala, India, October 18, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram V

Policemen escort members of the Hindu groups to Pampa base camp, to prevent them from clashing with women entering Sabarimala temple, in Pathanamthitta district in the southern state of Kerala, India, October 18, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram V

Policemen escort members of the Hindu groups to Pampa base camp, to prevent them from clashing with women entering Sabarimala temple, in Pathanamthitta district in the southern state of Kerala, India, October 18, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram V
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A Hindu devotee holds a coconut plant as he waits with others in queues inside the premises of the Sabarimala temple in Pathanamthitta district in the southern state of Kerala, India, October 18, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram V

A Hindu devotee holds a coconut plant as he waits with others in queues inside the premises of the Sabarimala temple in Pathanamthitta district in the southern state of Kerala, India, October 18, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram V

A Hindu devotee holds a coconut plant as he waits with others in queues inside the premises of the Sabarimala temple in Pathanamthitta district in the southern state of Kerala, India, October 18, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram V
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A Hindu devotee is carried on a palanquin to the Sabarimala temple in Pathanamthitta district in the southern state of Kerala, October 17, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram V

A Hindu devotee is carried on a palanquin to the Sabarimala temple in Pathanamthitta district in the southern state of Kerala, October 17, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram V

A Hindu devotee is carried on a palanquin to the Sabarimala temple in Pathanamthitta district in the southern state of Kerala, October 17, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram V
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Hindu devotees wait in queues inside the premises of the Sabarimala temple in Pathanamthitta district in the southern state of Kerala, October 17, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram V

Hindu devotees wait in queues inside the premises of the Sabarimala temple in Pathanamthitta district in the southern state of Kerala, October 17, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram V

Hindu devotees wait in queues inside the premises of the Sabarimala temple in Pathanamthitta district in the southern state of Kerala, October 17, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram V
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Hindu devotees wait inside the premises of the Sabarimala temple in Pathanamthitta district in the southern state of Kerala, October 17, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram V

Hindu devotees wait inside the premises of the Sabarimala temple in Pathanamthitta district in the southern state of Kerala, October 17, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram V

Hindu devotees wait inside the premises of the Sabarimala temple in Pathanamthitta district in the southern state of Kerala, October 17, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram V
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Police stand inside the premises of the Sabarimala temple in Pathanamthitta district in the southern state of Kerala, October 17, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram V

Police stand inside the premises of the Sabarimala temple in Pathanamthitta district in the southern state of Kerala, October 17, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram V

Police stand inside the premises of the Sabarimala temple in Pathanamthitta district in the southern state of Kerala, October 17, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram V
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