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Two Women Who Scripted History by Praying at Sabarimala Knock on SC's Doors for Protection

Two Women Who Scripted History by Praying at Sabarimala Knock on SC's Doors for Protection

One of the women, Kanakadurga, was attacked by her mother-in-law when she returned from the shrine.

Two women who rewrote history by entering the Sabrimala Temple on January 2 have moved the Supreme Court for protection. Bindu Ammini and Kanakadurga told the court that their lives were in danger after their move triggered outrage and protests in the state.

The CJI has agreed to hear their plea on Friday.

Kanakadurga, 44, was attacked by her mother-in-law after she returned home from the shrine on Tuesday and was later taken to Perinthalmanna hospital. The woman had returned home under police protection and eight personnel were deployed outside, but the incident occurred inside her residence.

Speaking to News18 from Perinthalmanna hospital, Kanakadurga said, “I reached home at around 7 am. I entered the hall as the door was already open. When my mother-in-law knew it was me, she came from kitchen with a wooden stick and started attacking me.”

“She said that I've slept with many others and they didn't want to be at that house and started abusing me. They attacked me some 10-12 times and hit my head as well. I couldn't even stand properly, still they dragged me out and closed the door,” she added. “I didn't do anything to her, I didn't even try to stop them when I was being beaten.”

The duo had created history on January 2 by becoming the first woman of menstruating age to offer prayers at the Sabarimala temple after the Supreme Court overturned a centuries-old traditional ban last year.

They had entered the temple at 3.38 am, a day after over 35 lakh women stood shoulder-to-shoulder across the national highways in Kerala, creating a 620 km-long human 'wall' from the northern end of Kasaragod to the southern tip in Thiruvananthapuram as part of the state-sponsored initiative to uphold gender equality.

As the news spread like wildfire from the hill shrine, protests erupted at several places, with Hindu right-wing activists blocking highways and forcing closure of shops and markets. The ruling CPI(M)'s offices were vandalised at several places causing tension.

People from media were also attacked by BJP activists in front of the secretariat, officials said.

Sabarimala Karma Samithi, an umbrella organisation of various pro-Hindutva groups, spearheading protests against the Supreme Court's September 28 verdict, and Antarrashtriya Hindu Parishad (AHP), held a state-wide shutdown, while the Congress-led UDF observed a "black day".

first published:January 17, 2019, 12:44 IST