Kanaka Durga, one of the two women who had entered the Sabarimala temple in Kerala defying tradition earlier this month, was not allowed to enter in her in-laws’ home on Tuesday when she returned from the hospital. According to a report in NDTV, Durga has filed a complaint with the District Violence Protection Officer. "The complaint has been forwarded to the court, and an order is awaited," the report quoted a source close to her as saying.
The report said that when the police took Durga (44) to home, they found that her husband had left the house with his family and the door was locked from outside. Durga, a mother of two, is now staying at a government shelter under police protection.
She had a verbal fight with her in-laws when she returned home after hiding for two weeks. She had alleged that her mother-in-law allegedly beat her up with a wooden plank after which she was taken to the hospital. Durga suffered head injuries and was admitted to a government hospital at Perinthalmanna in northern Malappuram district.
Both Kanaka Durga's in-laws and her own family had opposed her decision to enter the Sabarimala temple taken in view of the landmark September 28 Supreme Court verdict permitting women of all age groups into the shrine.
Kanaka Durga and Bindhu, 42, had entered the hill shrine on January 3, breaking a centuries-old tradition and defying dire threats from right-wing groups.
She had to hide for two weeks after the darshan of Lord Ayyappa at the Sabarimala shrine due to security reasons.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has directed the Kerala police to provide round-the-clock security to both the women who had entered Sabarimala temple. The development came in the wake of massive protests by right-wing Hindu groups over the entry of women to the Lord Ayyappa shrine in Kerala.