Sabarimala: Women protesters to make a 630-Km-long Human chain
Kochi: Millions of women are expected to make 630 kilometers of ‘women’s wall’ to break the age old custom of sabarimala temple where women of menstruating age are prohibited to enter temple premises, which is dedicated to celibate lord Ayyappa.
The event will take place along the national highway from Kasaragod in the north to Thiruvananthapuram in the south. This mammoth, one-of-its-kind protest would need the participation of approximately 20 lakh women.
However, Supreme Court in its September verdict has opened the temple doors for women of all ages to enter Ayyappa Temple to worship the celibate lord but many religious groups and protesters didn’t allow women entry in the temple premises and ignore apex court’s verdict.
The Kerala government has also witnessed a mass protest against its decision to implement the Supreme Court order.
This program is organized by the state government of Kerala and today women devotees are expected to make 630 kilometers long women wall (Human Chain) in the state to protect their rights of equality.
K. K. Selja and Brenda Karate will lead
These women will construct this woman’s wall from Kosorgod in northern Kerala to Thiruvananthapuram district on the southern tip. Health Minister K. Selja will lead the protest in Kosorgod while in Thiruvananthapuram the Marxist Communist Party (CPM) leader Brenda Kart will be at the end of the series. For this, meetings have also been done from ward level to district and constituency level.
To become part of this wall, women will arrive at the scheduled places at three o’clock in the evening, where the first practice will be done. The wall will be built from four in the evening, and women participating in it will take a resolve to keep gender equality and the age-old-values of the Ayyappa temple intact.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had said, “Demonstrations of communal forces against the entry of women in Sabarimala prompted the government and other progressive organizations to build women’s wall in the state.”