>> This woman has been turned back from a temple in India by fellow pilgrims. Women of menstrual age haven't been allowed into the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala for centuries, a ban conservative Hindus are out to enforce. But last month, India's Supreme Court ruled women should be let in at any age.
And barring them infringes on their right to freedom of worship. Scuffles ensued when the temple opened its doors to all women Wednesday. Police removed devotees who tried to block the path from the base camp up to the hill temple. Several female pilgrims were barred entry, but women also gathered to enforce the tradition.
> We are not ready to let any women between the ages of 10 and 55 years into the Sabarimala Temple.
We are praying to Lord Ayyappan. We believe he will show us a way. Lord Ayyappan is the local deity held to be eternally celibate and appeased by the prohibition. Hardline Hindu groups have threatened to commit suicide to prevent women of menstrual age entering his sanctuary. It's the latest stage of a cultural battle between traditional groups in deeply religious India and the country's supreme court.
Which has recently delivered some landmark judgments, including legalizing gay sex and adultery.