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15 Jan 2019

Woman who entered Sabarimala disowned, attacked by family; hospitalized

Woman who made history at Sabarimala 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.

However, she has been reported to be stable.

Notably, this isn't the first instance of backlash Kanaka Durga has faced since she entered the temple.

Here's more.

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Woman who made history at Sabarimala hospitalized
Kanaka Durga and Bindu Ammini scripted history on January 2

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Kanaka Durga and Bindu Ammini scripted history on January 2

39-year-old Kanaka Durga, a civil servant, and 40-year-old Bindu Ammini, a lecturer at Kerala's Kannur University, became the first to defy the Sabarimala temple's entry restrictions when they entered the temple on January 2.

Their entry sparked widespread protests and a day-long strike in Kerala, and the two women also suffered significantly on the personal front.

'My life will be in danger', Kanaka Durga had said

"I knew my life will be in danger but I still wanted to go into the temple. We are proud that we have made it easier for women who want to go to Sabarimala now. It's about devotion but it's also about gender equality," Kanaka Durga had told NDTV after her visit.

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Aftermath

The women were in hiding for two weeks

After entering the temple, the two women had to spend nearly two weeks in hiding, owing to threats from Ayyappa devotees.

They had been hiding in an undisclosed location in the outskirts of Kochi.

However, even then, things started going downhill for Kanaka Durga.

Her husband's family disowned her after her visit to the temple, and when she returned home, more misfortune awaited.

Kanaka Durga's homecoming turned out to be a tragic one

Homecoming

Kanaka Durga's homecoming turned out to be a tragic one

Kanaka Durga reportedly returned home on Monday, but her relief did not last long.

She was allegedly attacked by her mother-in-law, and was hit in the head.

The blow to the head left Kanaka Durga hospitalized, but reportedly did not inflict serious, lasting damage.

She is currently stable, and awaiting further tests at a hospital in the Malappuram district.

Women's entry

Since January 2, more women managed to enter Sabarimala

Since Bindu and Kanaka Durga scripted history, sporadic violence has broken out between authorities and protesting devotees trying to stop women from entering.

However, even in the chaos, a 46-year-old woman from Sri Lanka managed to enter the temple on January 4.

Then, on January 8, another 36-year-old woman Dalit leader claimed to have entered the temple. Video evidence was circulated to prove the same.

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What was the entry ban on women at the Sabarimala temple?

When was the ban struck down?

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When is the hearing for review petitions?

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What was the entry ban on women at the Sabarimala temple?

Asked on 15-01-2019 by Aaryan Chopra

Answered by NewsBytes

According to centuries old tradition, women of menstrual age i.e. aged between 10 years and 50 years, were not allowed to enter the temple.

When was the ban struck down?

Asked on 15-01-2019 by Chirag Jayaraman

Answered by NewsBytes

On September 28, 2018, the Supreme Court struck down the ban on entry of women of menstrual age, and allowed all women to enter the Sabarimala temple.

What happened after the Supreme Court verdict?

Asked on 15-01-2019 by Dhruv Chopra

Answered by NewsBytes

Despite the Supreme Court verdict, temple authorities remained adamant about not letting women of menstrual age enter. They were supported by right-wing groups and lakhs of protesting Ayyappa devotees who, for months, prevented women from setting foot in the temple.

When is the hearing for review petitions?

Asked on 15-01-2019 by Rakesh Pillai

Answered by NewsBytes

A clutch of petitions have been filed in the Supreme Court challenging its September 28 verdict. The hearing on these petitions is slated to take place on January 22.

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