Woman who entered Sabarimala alleges attack by mother-in-law, undergoes treatment

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The year 2019 began on a stormy note with 39-year-old Kanaka Durga scripting history by entering the controversial Sabarimala temple in Kerala, breaking the decades-old ban on the entry of women of menstrual age – between 10 and 50 – into the sanctum sanctorum. The day was January 2, when Durga, who is a government employee, took a huge risk after violent protests that lasted many months. The protesters managed to block all women who tried entering the temple, but Kanaka Durga along with 40-year-old Bindu Ammini defied all odds to take the historic journey with a heavy police escort, without any harm. On the morning of Tuesday, Durga finally went to her home after two weeks of hiding as right-wing protesters made threats against her. This time she was attacked but not by the right-wing protesters. Durga says that her mother-in-law attacked her with a wooden stick and beat her till she collapsed and then threw her out. When she entered home, her mother-in-law asked her who was at the door and came at her when Kanaka replied it was her. She adds that her mother-in-law also accused her of sleeping with At present, the 39-year-old is undergoing treatment for head wounds in the hospital where she narrated her ordeal and said that they beat her A case has been registered against her mother-in-law. Both Kanaka Durga and Bindu Ammini are are the first women below the age of 50 to enter the hilltop shrine post decades of the ban. READ ALSO | The Sabarimala temple verdict on September 28 by the Supreme Court has been heavily politicised as religion and constitution see themselves in a quagmire. The court order has not been taken positively by the devotees who believe that women should not be allowed near the temples deity – Lord Ayyappa. After the two women

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