Kanakdurga, the woman who trespassed into Sabarimala shrine, assaulted by family and mother-in-law

Kanakdurga, the middle-aged woman who recently made national headlines by trespassing inside the Sabarimala shrine at midnight, was brutally assaulted by family members once she returned home. The entry of women of reproductive age inside the Sabarimala shrine is prohibited as per the traditions, despite a Supreme Court verdict terming such rules to be unconstitutional.

Kanakdurga belongs to the orthodox Nair community, that holds Lord Ayyappa, the presiding deity of Sabarimala shrine in high reverence. According to police, Kanakdurga’s mother-in-law beaten her using a wooden plank. After the attack, Kanakdurga was rushed to a governebt hospital. She has reportedly suffered minor head injuries.

It was on January 2 that Kanakadurga, native of Perinthalmanna, along with Kozhikode native Bindu Ammini, entered the Sabarimala temple under police protection, after making a failed attempt on December 24. After their temple visit, two women had gone into hiding due to threats. Kanakadurga, who is working with Civil Supplies outlet in Perinthalamanna, returned home as her leave period came to an end on Tuesday.

Kanakadurga, who is from an orthodox Nair family in Areekode in the district, had drawn the ire of her relatives for her visit to Sabarimala. In the second week of December Kanakadurga left her husband’s home at Angadippuram to attend a meeting at Thiruvananthapuram. On December 24, she attempted to visit Sabarimala along with Bindu. But they were forced to abandon their trip due to strong protests from a section of devotees at Pamba and Sannidhanam.

The family of Kanakadurga was not aware of her plan to visit the hill shrine. As there was no information about her after her failed attempt, the family was frequently contacting police to know her whereabouts. After her successful entry into the temple on January 2, her brother Bharathbhushan had alleged a conspiracy involving CPM leaders and police behind her visit.