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>> The door for women to enter India's Sabarimala Temple was opened a little wider on Friday. A 46-year old Sri Lankan became the third woman this week to breach an ancient ban, setting foot inside the Hill Shrine in Kerala. The Hindu site is one of a few in India that forbids women of menstruating age from visiting for being impure.
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Local media identified the latest woman as
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police used tear gas and water canon to control protesting crowds.
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Kerala has largely returned to normal, but small protests were reported from across the state and neighboring areas. The stance of Kerala's left-wing state government has drawn strong criticism from India's political establishment, including Prime Minister Modi's ruling BJP and the opposition congress.
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Around 600 demonstrators were taken into custody.>>
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The uproar has put religion squarely on the political agenda months before a general election which is due by May.
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