A 2015 photo of CPI-M's Sitaram Yechury with activist Teesta Setalvad is being shared on social media as Yechury meeting New York Times reporter Suhasini Raj, who recently aborted her trek to Sabarimala after massive protests. Raj was recently in the news as protesters in Sabarimala stopped her from entering the temple and allegedly pelted stones at her. The photo is viral on WhatsApp, Facebook and on Twitter with various captions slamming the journalist and Sitaram Yechury, general secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist). deleted its tweet. The handle has been regularly posting about the Sabarimala issue slamming the Left government and women trying to enter the temple. Raj herself called out the photo on Twitter. "The harassment on twitter continues unabated for second day in a row," she tweeted. "This one has a funny photo of @SitaramYechury with some lady whom this harasser calls mine." The rally was widely covered by news outlets in 2015 and other photos from the event can be found on sites including the Telegraph, and NDTV. CPI-M, led by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has blamed the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) for for the violence in Sabarimala. The shrine has been rocked by protests in the past week after protesters turned violent towards journalists and women devotees, who tried to enter the temple premises. The Supreme Court in a landmark judgment on September 28, 2018, had permitted women across all ages to enter, breaking an age old tradition. Earlier only men and pre-menstruation and post-menopausal females were allowed inside, restricting entry to women during their menstruating age.
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