Pathanamthitta: Bindu Ammini, one of the two women who had managed to enter the Sabarimala temple on January 2, was attacked with pepper spray while she was on her way to the shrine along with Pune-based activist Trupti Desai.

Trupti Desai reached at the Kochi airport around 4 am. She has sought police protection for her visit to the Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala. Trupti Desai is part of a seven-member team that is headed for the Sabarimala temple.

This is Desai’s second attempt to visit the shrine after protesters barred her entry in November last year. “I will leave Kerala only after offering prayers at the shrine,” the activist said, adding that she has chosen today (November 26) to visit the shrine as it was Constitution Day.

Bindu from Kozhikode entered the shrine with the help of police officials on January 2. Regarding this, the chief priest of the Sabarimala temple had closed the doors of the shrine for performing purification rites after it was confirmed that Bindu entered the temple.

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 top court also observed that the right to worship by an individual cannot outweigh the rights of a religious group.