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2 Women who entered Sabarimala Temple not able to return home after threats

2 Women who entered Sabarimala Temple not able to return home after threats


Mangaloretoday News Network

Kerala, Jan 11, 2019 : Two women who made history by becoming the first in centuries to enter the Sabarimala hill temple in Kerala are in hiding after threats by protesters, NDTV reported.

 

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The temple has been the site of tension since the Supreme Court ruled in late September to end a ban on women of menstruating age entering it.

There have since been sporadic outbreaks of violence between the authorities and protesters attempting to prevent women from entering.

Bindu Ammini, 40, a law lecturer at Kerala’s Kannur University and Kanaka Durga, 39, a civil servant, told Reuters they were determined to enter despite threats of violence.

"A lot of people tried to dissuade us and make us turn back - police officers, our friends... because they knew we were facing a lot of backlash," Kanakadurga said.

After the Supreme Court’s judgment, the women made an unsuccessful attempt to enter the temple on December 24, before finally succeeding on January 2.

A third woman aged 46 has since entered the site, the office of the chief minister of Kerala said on January 4.

"We felt no fear. We had only one aim: we wanted to go to that shrine," Bindu said.

Their entry sparked widespread protests and a day-long strike in Kerala led in part by members of ruling BJP.

"This BJP government has a duty to regulate and control their members," Bindu said.

The women -- speaking in an undisclosed location on the outskirts of Kochi -- say they have since faced threats from protesters, but that they trusted the authorities to keep them safe and plan to return home next week.

"I always say that I trust the police persons, the state government of Kerala and also our democratic society of Kerala," Bindu said.


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