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Women’s Wall in Kerala, ‘Vanitha Mathil’ trial to begin shortly

Marshalled by the Kerala government and a section of Hindu organisations the wall is being organised against the backdrop of the Supreme Court verdict on women’s entry to the Sabarimala temple.

New Delhi | January 1, 2019

Lakhs of women in Kerala will shortly take part in a 620-km “wall” from Thiruvananthapuram to the northern district of Kasaragod and take a pledge to protect renaissance values. Marshalled by the Kerala government and a section of Hindu organisations, the wall is being organised against the backdrop of the Supreme Court verdict on Sabarimala, however, the content of the women’s pledge has no reference to the shrine. These Hindu organisations are among the ones that have supported the government’s stand on the entry of women of all ages into the temple.

The decision to stage the wall was taken earlier in December in a meeting of various Hindu organisations, which was convened by the CPI(M)-led government. Explaining the aim of forming a women’s wall, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Monday said, “The CPI(M) considered addressing women’s issues as part of the party’s class struggle. Such an initiative (women’s wall) is required to protect the renaissance tradition of the state.”
Women, who have agreed to take part in the event, will begin assembling by the side of the national highways across all 14 districts by the afternoon. The wall is likely to stand for about half an hour before dispersing.

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