Pathanamthitta: Kerala Police on Tuesday (November 19) stopped a 12-year-old girl from trekking to Sabarimala temple. According to the news agency ANI, the police, after checking the girl’s ID proof at Pamba, barred her from proceeding to offer prayers at Lord Ayappa’s shrine.

The 12-year-old was part of a group that came from Tamil Nadu. She was accompanied by her father and other relatives.

At least ten women of 10-50 age group tried trekking to Sabarimala shrine on November 16, but they too were prevented from entering the shrine. 

The women, believed to be from Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh were on a temple visit in Kerala. 

Kerala's Sabarimala temple opened for the Mandala Pooja festival on November 16 after the Supreme Court deferred the verdict on the issue. The Supreme Court on November 14 referred the Sabarimala case to a larger bench after reviewing petitions seeking a rethink of the apex court’s 2018 judgment that allowed women between the ages of 10 to 50 to enter the shrine.

The bench was split on the issue with Justices Nariman and Chandrachud differing from the three other judges.