Articles about Bindu Ammini

Bindu Ammini is a lawyer, academic, activist, and feminist from Kerala. She and Kanakadurga became the first women between the ages of 10 and 50 years to visit the Lord Ayyappa shrine at Sabarimala. She was associated with the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist), and has been teaching as an Assistant Professor at the School of Legal Studies at Kannur University. The Sabarimala temple’s tradition restricted the entry of women in the reproductive age as the residing deity is believed to be a ‘naishtika brahmachari’ (a dedicated lifelong celibate). In 2018, the Supreme Court of India passed a verdict that allowed women of the restricted age group to enter the temple, inviting mixed reactions. Following the court order, Ammini and Kanakadurga made a visit to the shrine in January 2019, and prayed inside the sanctum sanctorum. While the move was appreciated by some, it drew the ire of Ayyappa devotees across the gender divide. Ammini, in her defense, claimed that she was “fighting for gender justice.”

Woman who prayed at Sabarimala attacked with pepper spray

26 Nov 2019

Woman who prayed at Sabarimala attacked with pepper spray

Bindu Ammini, who was one of two women to offer prayers at Sabarimala temple in January, was attacked by a Hindu Helpline activist outside the Kochi Police Commissioner's office on Tuesday.

Kerala Police want Section 144 imposed as Sabarimala Temple opens

12 Feb 2019

Kerala Police want Section 144 imposed as Sabarimala Temple opens

With the Sabarimala Temple slated to open for five-day monthly pujas on Tuesday, certain fringe groups have reiterated their plans to block women of menstrual age from entering the temple.

Woman who entered Sabarimala returns home; her family moves out

06 Feb 2019

Woman who entered Sabarimala returns home; her family moves out

Two weeks after she was allegedly assaulted by her mother-in-law for entering the Sabarimala temple, Kanaka Durga returned to her home in Angadipuram on Tuesday following a court order in her favor.

Supreme Court to hear Sabarimala review petitions from February 6

31 Jan 2019

Supreme Court to hear Sabarimala review petitions from February 6

On Thursday, the Supreme Court announced that it would hear the review petitions against its earlier verdict pertaining to women's entry to the Sabarimala temple on February 6.

Kanakadurga, woman who entered #SabarimalaTemple, disowned, thrown out by family

22 Jan 2019

Kanakadurga, woman who entered #SabarimalaTemple, disowned, thrown out by family

Kanakadurga, one of the first two women of menstrual age to enter Kerala's Sabarimala Ayyappa temple, was sent to a government-run shelter home after she was disowned and thrown out by her family.

Woman who entered Sabarimala disowned, attacked by family; hospitalized

15 Jan 2019

Woman who entered Sabarimala disowned, attacked by family; hospitalized

Kanaka Durga, one of the two women who scripted history by becoming the first women of menstrual age to enter the Sabarimala temple in centuries, has been hospitalized after she was allegedly attacked by her mother-in-law.

Women, who entered Sabarimala, were dressed as transgenders: Meenakshi Lekhi

04 Jan 2019

Women, who entered Sabarimala, were dressed as transgenders: Meenakshi Lekhi

BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi came down heavily on Kerala government, led by Pinarayi Vijayan, on Friday after two women entered the Sabarimala temple of Lord Ayyappa.

'Not afraid of BJP': Woman-journo assaulted during #SanghParivar #SabarimalaWomenEntry protest

04 Jan 2019

'Not afraid of BJP': Woman-journo assaulted during #SanghParivar #SabarimalaWomenEntry protest

A woman journalist in Thiruvananthapuram was allegedly attacked while covering a Sangh Parivar protest organized after two women, below 50, entered the Sabarimala Ayyappa temple on Wednesday.

#SabarimalaTemple: Statewide bandh called after two-women enter holy shrine

03 Jan 2019

#SabarimalaTemple: Statewide bandh called after two-women enter holy shrine

The Sabarimala Karma Samiti (SKS) which is an umbrella organization of various Hindu outfits has called for a statewide bandh in Kerala after two women, in their 40s, entered the hilltop shrine of Lord Ayyappa in the early hours of Wednesday.