Bindu Ammini, one of the two women who had managed to enter the Sabarimala temple on January 2, was attacked with chili powder on Monday while she was on her way to the shrine along with Pune-based activist Trupti Desai.
Ammini and Desai had reached the Kochi commissioner office to seek police security for their visit after arriving at the Kochi International Airport in the wee hours of Tuesday along with five other women.
Officials said that a group of right-wing leaders apparently indulged in a heated argument with Ammini, following which they sprinkled chili powder on her face. The woman has been rushed to a hospital.
Desai, the Pune-based activist, said they preferred November 26 to visit the shrine as it was the Constitution Day. She said she has come up with the 2018 order of the Supreme Court permitting entry of women of all age groups into the Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala. "I will leave Kerala only after offering prayers at the shrine," the activist said.