The state of Kerala has been at a standstill following violent protests against the lifting of a ban on women being allowed into one of Hinduism's holiest temples - Sabarimala.
The Supreme Court made the ruling in September but conservative groups backed by India's ruling party -- the Hindu nationalist BJP - objected and blocked attempts by women to gain entrance.
But on Wednesday, under the cover of darkness and escorted by police officers, two women got in.
Protests began soon afterwards.
But hundreds of thousands of women have formed what they called "The Women's Wall" - a 600 kilometre human chain - to raise awareness of their plight and to campaign for women's rights. Presenter: Laura Kyle Guests: Rahul Easwar, President, Ayappa Religious Army Madhavi Menon, Director of the Center for Studies in Gender and Sexualty in India. Rushda Siddiqui, Executive Committee Member, National Federation of Indian Women. Subscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe
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