A 620 Km long wall of #women . Yes, you read that right. On January 1, women in #Kerala formed a human chain that extended from #Kasargod in north Kerala to #Thiruvananthapuram in the South. It covered 14 districts! Why? #YKA writer Akshara Bharat writes: "It was envisaged to counter the #SanghParivar ’s campaign against the entry of women of all ages in the #Sabarimala shrine, following the #SupremeCourt ’s verdict. Women from all walks of life, including #transwomen , participated in the event and vowed to ensure gender justice and oppose the #Hindu#rightwing forces in their attempt to turn Kerala into what they call it as a ‘lunatic asylum’."⠀
Sabarimala has a centuries-old rule prohibiting women of menstruating age from entering its sanctum sanctorum, because the temple authorities (and many others!) believe menstruation = unclean, polluting, shameful. But the women of Kerala are 100% done with this patriarchal nonsense.⠀
The state Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan wrote on Facebook that the wall "has become the largest women movement in the country to protect their rights enshrined in the Constitution and defend the attempts to deny them gender justice. This wall is a warning to the conservative-communal forces, which try to deny women their legitimate rights and renaissance values. The women’s wall has emerged as a loud announcement that Kerala women are with the progressive thought.”⠀
(Pictured here is a group of women protesting the progressive Supreme Court verdict to allow women into the temple, and you can bet the women's wall was waaaaaaay bigger. A fitting reply! Image Source: Getty Images)⠀ #feminism#indianfeminists#womensrights#righttoworship#righttopray#womenandreligion#southindia#news#womenfight#morepowertoyou#menstruation#periods#womensbodies
Sabarimala temple custodian, the Travancore Devasom Board (TDB), today extended time to Tantri Kantararu Rajeeveru to explain why a "purification" ritual was conducted following the visit of two women devotees to the Lord Ayyappa shrine just after New Year, said a board official."Till Sunday he was at Sabarimala. Now that he is free, he might have to take opinion from others before he gives his reply. So we gave him another 15 days time," TDB president A. Padmakumar told the media.
"Generally when a normal purification ritual is done, the tantri does not need to take the permission of the TDB, but what happened on January 2, was not a normal one," Mr Padmakumar added.