Kanakadurga, the 39-year-old woman who hit the headlines for entering the Sabarimala shrine in Kerala earlier this month, has been denied entry to her in-laws’ house. Her mother-in-law had allegedly assaulted her a week ago when she returned from the shrine. Following the assault, the government employee was admitted to the Kozhikode Medical College.
After being locked out of the house, Kanakadurga has filed a complaint with the District Violence Protection Officer. “The complaint has been forwarded to the court, and an order is awaited,” a source close to her told NDTV.
The source further said that when Kanakadurga was escorted by the police back home from the hospital, they found the house locked. Her husband had reportedly left the place with his mother and two children. Kanakadurga has now been accommodated in a government shelter
Kanakadurga, along with Bindu Ammini (40), were the first ones of menstrual age to enter the famous hilltop shrine in decades after the Supreme Court allowed all women entry to Sabarimala. However, both had to stay in hiding for a few days after the Sabari trek fearing attacks from the outraged masses. On January 15, Kanakadurga returned home safe, but was beaten up by her mother-in-law as soon as she entered the house. “She began abusing me, saying that I had slept with many people and was a blot on the family’s reputation,” Kanakadurga had told the cops at that time.
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Sabarimala has been in the eye of a storm ever since the Supreme Court on September 28, 2018, lifted the age-old ban on women of menstrual age, declaring that all women — irrespective of age — could enter the Ayyappa shrine.
The Kerala government recently claimed that as many as 51 women of menstrual age have entered the Ayyappa shrine in Sabarimala since the SC order. However, due to certain discrepancies, the list has been sent for revision.