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Who is Trupti Desai?

Who is Trupti Desai?

She said the police had advised her team to return. He said women in the age group of 10 and 50 should not make any attempt to enter the temple before the top court gives its ruling on the petition filed by the Board. "We will move the Supreme court on Monday through Advocate Chandra Uday Singh" TDB President A Padmakumar, told PTI. Anticipating arrest, she moved the high court seeking anticipatory bail.

The opposition Congress and BJP had walked out of the meeting, accusing the government of being adamant and dubbing the exercise a farce.

Founder of the Bhumata Brigade, Desai, who then went to Mumbai, was stuck inside the city airport as agitated devotees of Lord Ayyappa staged protests outside it, demanding the activist to drop her plan to visit the holy hill shrine till she attains the age of 50 years.

The temple complex and nearby areas had witnessed widespread protests and have come under unprecedented security for the season after the state government made a decision to implement the September 28 apex court verdict.

Thousands of demonstrators have protested against the court's decision, and conservative Hindu groups prevented about a dozen young women from entering the temple last month.

The court has set January 22 to hear almost 50 petitions seeking re-imposition of the ban.

The temple had witnessed a string of protests from devotees when it opened for monthly pujas for five days in October and two days early this month.

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Long queues of waiting devotees were seen on the hills.

The 41-day mandalam festival will conclude on December 27 after Mandala pooja, when the shrine will close after the "Athazhapuja" in the evening.

Thousands of protesters blocked all the exits at a southern Indian airport on Friday to stop a women's rights activist from heading to a Hindu temple to defy a centuries-old ban on the entry of women of menstruating age.

At the airport in Nedumbassery near Kochi, the devotees, including women, whose numbers have grown since morning, squatted outside the domestic terminal building chanting "Swamiye Ayyappa".

Rahul Easwar, president of the Ayyappa Dharma Sena, which is among the organisations protesting against the entry of women of all ages into the Sabarimala, also threatened that social activist Trupti Desai will have to step on the chest of protestors to enter the shrine.

Pilgrims, however, said there was lack of adequate toilet facilities, causing vast difficulties especially to women, and rest rooms. A special bomb squad comprising 234 personnel is on duty, as are two companies of the Rapid Action Force.

Police have decided not to permit pilgrims to stay back at the shrine after 10 pm.