Kanakdurga the woman to enter Sabarimala, now rendered homeless after husband disowns

Kanakdurga, the middle-aged woman who had trespassed into the Sabarimala shrine, violating the ages old tradition, is now forced to live a homeless life. Kanakdurga’s husband and in-laws who belong to a conservative Nair background, have disowned her and denied permission to enter the house.

Speaking to the news portal, Kanaka Durga blamed her husband for not letting her enter her in-laws’ house. She said that it was her husband’s decision to not allow her in the house after she was discharged from the hospital. “Now I am waiting for a court order. Till then the police have housed me in a government shelter house, One Stop Centre run by the Social Justice Department,” the 44-year-old woman had said.

She had approached the Perinthalmanna police on Tuesday, who then took her to the government shelter, as per the report. She had suffered injuries on her head and ear after allegedly getting beaten up by her mother-in-law. Meanwhile, her brother has announced that she won’t be allowed in his house till she apologises to the Hindu community and Ayyappa devotees.

Kanaka Durga, along with Bindu, had offered prayers at the Ayyappa shrine on January 2, thus becoming the first women to enter the temple after the Supreme Court ruled that the traditional ban on women aged 10 to 50 was “unconstitutional.” Kanaka Durga’s family was unaware of her decision to enter the shrine.

In September 2018, the SC had allowed women of menstruating age to enter the temple.

However, the verdict was met with mass protests by Ayyappa devotees who managed to prevent women from entering the shrine for months before January 2. The two women had been provided with full security after they had approached the Supreme Court seeking protection.