Five million women were expected at the protest about the Sabarimala temple lifting its ban on women

Hundreds of thousands of women have formed a 620km-long human chain across a southern Indian state in support of a court order overturning a partial ban on women entering one of Hinduism’s holiest temples.

The “Women’s Wall” rally was backed by the communist government in Kerala where the court order reversing a ban on women of “menstruating age” – defined as between 10 and 50 – at Sabarimala temple has triggered weeks of protests.

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