Ammini said she was realistic about her safety, fretting about a recent ominous “silence” in Kerala. But the way forward — “to serve the society, work with Dalits, women, for blacks” — had never been plainer or more urgent, she said.
The two women's visit to the hill shrine on January 2 sparked protests across Kerala. Earlier this week, Kanakadurga claimed she had been assaulted by her mother-in-law for entering the shrine in violation of its traditions.
The women, Kanakadurga and Bindu Ammini, both in their early 40s, have been moving from one safe house to the other fearing attacks by right-wing protesters ever since they offered prayers at the temple on January 2.
On a visit to Kerala Tuesday, Modi tore into the CPI(M)-led LDF government over the Sabarimala issue, saying this will go down as "one of the most shameful behaviour" by any party and government in the country.
A day after two women entered Sabarimala, several pro-Hindutva outfits have called for a statewide shutdown. The outfit backed by RSS opposes the Supreme Court verdict that lifted the ban on women of all ages in the temple.
On the Sabarimala verdict, union minister Uma Bharti said the court cannot be blamed for its intervention. This comes just days after BJP President Amit Shah said that meddling with the affairs of the temple was a conspiracy by Communists in Kerala.