Millions of women joined to form a shoulder-to-shoulder line to from the Women’s Wall, a campaign sponsored by the state government. The stretch extended from the northern tip of Kasaragod to the southern end. On Tuesday, Women’s Wall was created against religious conservatives who have been opposing the Supreme Court’s order that allowed the entry of menstruating women in the temple of Lord Ayyappa at Sabarimala. Such a mass campaign against the religious customs is highly unprecedented in independent India. This human chain had women from all the castes, religions and classes. Though this campaign was supported by CPI (M) led LDF government in Kerala, it shows how strong the aspiration of gender equality is in the state.
The political parties and the organizations will appreciate the fact that there is the society is embracing the changes and minorities can no longer be held hostage. The verdict given by the Supreme Court is the law and must be respected. The Kerala government should be allowed to implement this law without any impediments.
One young demonstrator, Kavita Das, said: "This is a great way of saying how powerful women are, and how we can empower ourselves and help each other. Of course, I support the move to allow women of all ages into the temple. I don't think tradition or any kind of backwardness should stop women. Those who want to pray must have the right to pray." Organizers had predicted a turnout of around three million women but the actual turnout was around five million; surpassing the anticipation.
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