India state shut down after temple protests

The southern Indian state of Kerala has been put on shut down following protests over two women entering a prominent Hindu temple.

In September the country’s Supreme Court overturned a centuries-long ban on women of menstruating age (defined as between 10 and 50) entering the Sabarimala temple in Kerala.

However, large numbers of protesters have reportedly attacked women and stopped them from gaining access.

Two women managed to enter on Wednesday, sparking violence across the state. At least one person was killed in the clashes.

Schools across the state are closed and public transport has also been suspended.

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