After fighting with age-old traditions and the world, Kanakdurga has to fight with her own family

New Delhi, News24 Bureau, Jan 23: This is an irony that the braveheart woman Kanakdurga who fought with the whole world now has to fight with her own people, her family. Not just that she has been banished from her own house and now she is forced to live in a shelter home.

Police sources said Kanakadurga went to her husband's house when she was discharged from the Kozhikode medical college, where she was treated after allegedly being assaulted by her mother-in-law for entering the temple. When she reached there, she found the house locked, the sources said.


Her husband and other relatives had shifted to a rented building, the police said, adding Kanakadurga then took refugee at the One Stop Centre in Perinthalmanna.


Kanakdurga, an employee of the Civil Supplies Department, had scripted history along with Bindu, a college lecturer and CPI(M) ML activist, on January 2 by offering prayers at the Ayyappa shrine, where traditionally women in the 10-50 age group were barred from entering.


The Supreme Court had in a historic verdict last year lifted the centuries-old ban and allowed women of all age groups to offer prayers at the temple.


The two were the first women of menstrual age to offer prayers at the Lord Ayyappa shrine after the SC verdict.


Perinthalamanna Circle Inspector T S Binu said she was being provided round-the-clock security as directed by the apex court. At least 10 police personnel have been posted for her security. CCTV surveillance has also been provided at the shelter home.
With Agencies