Viewfinder: Protests Continue in India After Two Women Enter One of the Country's Holiest Temples

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Indian Hindu activists burn an effigy of Chief Minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan during a demonstration in the southern state of Kerala, in New Delhi, on January 3rd, 2019. Clashes broke out in southern India for a second day on January 3rd as Hindu hardliners went on a rampage, seeking to enforce a general shutdown in protest over two women entering Sabarimala Ayyapa, one of the country's holiest temples. The women were the first to enter the temple since a historic ban was lifted. A day after violence—both among rival groups and with police—left one man dead and 15 people injured; authorities said that 266 protesters had been arrested across the state of Kerala.

Indian Hindu activists burn an effigy of Chief Minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan during a demonstration in the southern state of Kerala, in New Delhi, on January 3rd, 2019. Clashes broke out in southern India for a second day on January 3rd as Hindu hardliners went on a rampage, seeking to enforce a general shutdown in protest over two women entering Sabarimala Ayyapa, one of the country's holiest temples. The women were the first to enter the temple since a historic ban was lifted. A day after violence—both among rival groups and with police—left one man dead and 15 people injured; authorities said that 266 protesters had been arrested across the state of Kerala.

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