>> 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.
Local media identified the latest woman as
police used tear gas and water canon to control protesting crowds.
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.
Around 600 demonstrators were taken into custody.>>
The uproar has put religion squarely on the political agenda months before a general election which is due by May.