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Sabarimala temple protests

Police officers detain a member of the youth wing of Congress party during a demonstration outside the police commissioner's office demanding to lodge a case against a driver of the cavalcade of the state's chief minister after it hit one of their members at a protest on Thursday against the entry of two women into the Sabarimala temple, in Kochi, India, January 4, 2019. REUTERS/Sivaram V

Police officers detain a member of the youth wing of Congress party during a demonstration outside the police commissioner's office demanding to lodge a case against a driver of the cavalcade of the state's chief minister after it hit one of their...more

Police officers detain a member of the youth wing of Congress party during a demonstration outside the police commissioner's office demanding to lodge a case against a driver of the cavalcade of the state's chief minister after it hit one of their members at a protest on Thursday against the entry of two women into the Sabarimala temple, in Kochi, India, January 4, 2019. REUTERS/Sivaram V
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Supporters of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Hindu nationalist organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) attend a protest rally during a strike against the state government for allowing two women to defy an ancient ban and enter the Sabarimala temple, in Kochi, India, January 3, 2019. REUTERS/Sivaram V

Supporters of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Hindu nationalist organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) attend a protest rally during a strike against the state government for allowing two women to defy an ancient ban and enter...more

Supporters of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Hindu nationalist organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) attend a protest rally during a strike against the state government for allowing two women to defy an ancient ban and enter the Sabarimala temple, in Kochi, India, January 3, 2019. REUTERS/Sivaram V
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Supporters of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Hindu nationalist organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) attend a protest rally during a strike against the state government for allowing two women to defy an ancient ban and enter the Sabarimala temple, in Kochi, India, January 3, 2019. REUTERS/Sivaram V

Supporters of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Hindu nationalist organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) attend a protest rally during a strike against the state government for allowing two women to defy an ancient ban and enter...more

Supporters of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Hindu nationalist organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) attend a protest rally during a strike against the state government for allowing two women to defy an ancient ban and enter the Sabarimala temple, in Kochi, India, January 3, 2019. REUTERS/Sivaram V
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Protesters scuffle with police during a protest against state government for allowing two women to defy an ancient ban and enter the Sabarimala temple, in New Delhi, January 3, 2019. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Protesters scuffle with police during a protest against state government for allowing two women to defy an ancient ban and enter the Sabarimala temple, in New Delhi, January 3, 2019. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Protesters scuffle with police during a protest against state government for allowing two women to defy an ancient ban and enter the Sabarimala temple, in New Delhi, January 3, 2019. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
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Protesters scuffle with police during a protest against state government for allowing two women to defy an ancient ban and enter the Sabarimala temple, in New Delhi, January 3, 2019. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Protesters scuffle with police during a protest against state government for allowing two women to defy an ancient ban and enter the Sabarimala temple, in New Delhi, January 3, 2019. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Protesters scuffle with police during a protest against state government for allowing two women to defy an ancient ban and enter the Sabarimala temple, in New Delhi, January 3, 2019. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
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Protesters scuffle with police during a protest against state government for allowing two women to defy an ancient ban and enter the Sabarimala temple, in New Delhi, January 3, 2019. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Protesters scuffle with police during a protest against state government for allowing two women to defy an ancient ban and enter the Sabarimala temple, in New Delhi, January 3, 2019. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Protesters scuffle with police during a protest against state government for allowing two women to defy an ancient ban and enter the Sabarimala temple, in New Delhi, January 3, 2019. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
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Protesters beat an effigy of Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of the southern state of Kerala, with shoes during a protest against state government for allowing two women to defy an ancient ban and enter the Sabarimala temple, in New Delhi, January 3, 2019. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Protesters beat an effigy of Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of the southern state of Kerala, with shoes during a protest against state government for allowing two women to defy an ancient ban and enter the Sabarimala temple, in New Delhi, January...more

Protesters beat an effigy of Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of the southern state of Kerala, with shoes during a protest against state government for allowing two women to defy an ancient ban and enter the Sabarimala temple, in New Delhi, January 3, 2019. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
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Protesters burn an effigy of Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of the southern state of Kerala, during a protest against state government for allowing two women to defy an ancient ban and enter the Sabarimala temple, in New Delhi, January 3, 2019. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Protesters burn an effigy of Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of the southern state of Kerala, during a protest against state government for allowing two women to defy an ancient ban and enter the Sabarimala temple, in New Delhi, January 3, 2019....more

Protesters burn an effigy of Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of the southern state of Kerala, during a protest against state government for allowing two women to defy an ancient ban and enter the Sabarimala temple, in New Delhi, January 3, 2019. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
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Policemen wear riot gear before the start of a rally during a strike called by Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to protest against state government for allowing two women to defy an ancient ban and enter the Sabarimala temple, in Kochi, January 3, 2019. REUTERS/Sivaram V

Policemen wear riot gear before the start of a rally during a strike called by Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to protest against state government for allowing two women to defy an ancient ban and...more

Policemen wear riot gear before the start of a rally during a strike called by Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to protest against state government for allowing two women to defy an ancient ban and enter the Sabarimala temple, in Kochi, January 3, 2019. REUTERS/Sivaram V
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A man pedals his bicycle past police officers standing in front of the closed shops during a strike called by Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to protest against state government for allowing two women to defy an ancient ban and enter the Sabarimala temple, in Kochi, January 3, 2019. REUTERS/Sivaram V

A man pedals his bicycle past police officers standing in front of the closed shops during a strike called by Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to protest against state government for allowing two...more

A man pedals his bicycle past police officers standing in front of the closed shops during a strike called by Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to protest against state government for allowing two women to defy an ancient ban and enter the Sabarimala temple, in Kochi, January 3, 2019. REUTERS/Sivaram V
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Protesters shout slogans as they take part in a rally called by various Hindu organisations after two women entered the Sabarimala temple in Kochi, January 2, 2019. REUTERS/Sivaram V

Protesters shout slogans as they take part in a rally called by various Hindu organisations after two women entered the Sabarimala temple in Kochi, January 2, 2019. REUTERS/Sivaram V

Protesters shout slogans as they take part in a rally called by various Hindu organisations after two women entered the Sabarimala temple in Kochi, January 2, 2019. REUTERS/Sivaram V
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Protesters hold a portrait of Hindu deity  Ayappa  as they take part in a rally called by various Hindu organisations after two women entered the Sabarimala temple, in Kochi, January 2, 2019. REUTERS/Sivaram V

Protesters hold a portrait of Hindu deity Ayappa as they take part in a rally called by various Hindu organisations after two women entered the Sabarimala temple, in Kochi, January 2, 2019. REUTERS/Sivaram V

Protesters hold a portrait of Hindu deity Ayappa as they take part in a rally called by various Hindu organisations after two women entered the Sabarimala temple, in Kochi, January 2, 2019. REUTERS/Sivaram V
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Police remove members of Kerala Students Union, the student wing of India's main opposition Congress party, as they take part in a protest after two women entered the Sabarimala temple, in Kochi, January 2, 2019. REUTERS/Sivaram V

Police remove members of Kerala Students Union, the student wing of India's main opposition Congress party, as they take part in a protest after two women entered the Sabarimala temple, in Kochi, January 2, 2019. REUTERS/Sivaram V

Police remove members of Kerala Students Union, the student wing of India's main opposition Congress party, as they take part in a protest after two women entered the Sabarimala temple, in Kochi, January 2, 2019. REUTERS/Sivaram V
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Bindu Ammini, 42, and Kanaka Durga, 44, are escorted by police after they attempted to enter the Sabarimala temple in Pathanamthitta district in the southern state of Kerala, December 24, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer

Bindu Ammini, 42, and Kanaka Durga, 44, are escorted by police after they attempted to enter the Sabarimala temple in Pathanamthitta district in the southern state of Kerala, December 24, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer

Bindu Ammini, 42, and Kanaka Durga, 44, are escorted by police after they attempted to enter the Sabarimala temple in Pathanamthitta district in the southern state of Kerala, December 24, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer
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A priest closes the doors of sanctum sanctorum for performing religious rituals following the entry of two women in Sabarimala temple which traditionally bans the entry of women of menstrual age, in Pathanamthitta, January 2, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer

A priest closes the doors of sanctum sanctorum for performing religious rituals following the entry of two women in Sabarimala temple which traditionally bans the entry of women of menstrual age, in Pathanamthitta, January 2, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer

A priest closes the doors of sanctum sanctorum for performing religious rituals following the entry of two women in Sabarimala temple which traditionally bans the entry of women of menstrual age, in Pathanamthitta, January 2, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer
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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/Files

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

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