First woman of menstruating age to enter Sabarimala attacked by mother-in-law

Sabarimala

The Hush Post| 9:12 am |one-minute-read

The first woman of menstruating age to enter Sabarimala to offer prayers at the temple, Kanakadurga, was allegedly attacked by her mother-in-law after she returned home on Tuesday morning.

According to reports, the 44-year-old was hit by her mother-in-law on the head. Following the attack, she was taken to Perinthalmanna hospital. Later, the woman returned home under police protection. However, eight personnel were deployed outside. What remains worrisome is the incident occurred inside her residence.

On January 2, the duo had entered the temple at 3:38 am. A day after, more than 35 lakh women stood shoulder-to-shoulder across the national highways in Kerala, creating a 620 km-long human ‘wall’ from the northern tip of Kasaragod to the southern tip in Thiruvananthapuram. It was part of the state-sponsored initiative to uphold gender equality.

As the news spread like wildfire, protests erupted at many 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.

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