Two women who entered a Hindu temple in India that had previously banned females from entering have been provided round-the-clock protection.
A Supreme Court ruling in September overturned a centuries-long ban on women of menstruating age – defined as between 10 and 50 – from entering the Sabarimala temple in Kerala.
Devotees have since barred women from gaining access.
Bindu Ammini, 40, and Kanaka Durga, 39, entered the shrine earlier this month, sparking protests across the state.
Durga says she was assaulted by her mother-in-law after returning home and was hospitalised.
India’s top court has now passed an order providing personal security to the women.