Women's Wall in Kerala: 620-km long human chain a historic step towards gender equality

The Women's Wall was suggested at a meeting called by the Kerala government, following massive protests against the Supreme Court's verdict allowing women of all ages to offer prayers at Sabarimala temple

FP Staff January 02, 2019 17:00:33 IST
Over 35 lakh women stood shoulder-to-shoulder across the national highways in Kerala, creating a 620 km-long human 'wall' from the northern end of Kasaragod to the southern tip at Thiruvananthapuram on 1 January, 2019 as part of a state-sponsored initiative to uphold gender equality, reported the <em>Press Trust of India</em>. Image courtesy Arunan Gelaa @ Thottappally, Alappuzha
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Over 35 lakh women stood shoulder-to-shoulder across the national highways in Kerala, creating a 620 km-long human 'wall' from the northern end of Kasaragod to the southern tip at Thiruvananthapuram on 1 January, 2019 as part of a state-sponsored initiative to uphold gender equality, reported the <em>Press Trust of India</em>. Image courtesy Arunan Gelaa @ Thottappally, Alappuzha
The event comes days after thousands of devotees lit <em>Ayyappa Jyothis</em> (lighting of sacred lamps) and lined up from Hosangadi in Kasaragod to Kanyakumari, vowing to protect the age-old customs and traditions of Sabarimala. Image courtesy Sasi Chandrika @ Kozikkode
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The event comes days after thousands of devotees lit <em>Ayyappa Jyothis</em> (lighting of sacred lamps) and lined up from Hosangadi in Kasaragod to Kanyakumari, vowing to protect the age-old customs and traditions of Sabarimala. Image courtesy Sasi Chandrika @ Kozikkode
On 1 January, women from various walks of life — writers, athletes, actors, politicians and techies, government officials and homemakers — stood across the highways crisscrossing through the 14 districts in the state. Image courtesy Sasi Chandrika @ Kannur
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On 1 January, women from various walks of life — writers, athletes, actors, politicians and techies, government officials and homemakers — stood across the highways crisscrossing through the 14 districts in the state. Image courtesy Sasi Chandrika @ Kannur
The Women's Wall was conceived in the backdrop of frenzied protests witnessed at the hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa at Sabarimala after the CPI(M)-led LDF government decided to implement the Supreme Court verdict, allowing all women to pray at the Ayyappa shrine. Image courtesy Arunan Gelaa @ Thottappally, Alappuzha
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The Women's Wall was conceived in the backdrop of frenzied protests witnessed at the hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa at Sabarimala after the CPI(M)-led LDF government decided to implement the Supreme Court verdict, allowing all women to pray at the Ayyappa shrine. Image courtesy Arunan Gelaa @ Thottappally, Alappuzha
CPI(M) member Brinda Karat, who was the last member of the human wall at Thiruvananthapuram, said women in Kerala have scripted history by erecting a "human wall of resistance" against the dark forces. Image courtesy TK Devasia
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CPI(M) member Brinda Karat, who was the last member of the human wall at Thiruvananthapuram, said women in Kerala have scripted history by erecting a "human wall of resistance" against the dark forces. Image courtesy TK Devasia
Karat also lashed out at the saffron party, saying it was using women for its "toxic, divisive, anti-women political goal" and asked women not to be the pawns in the hands of those who have no thoughts about the future of women. Image courtesy TK Devasia
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Karat also lashed out at the saffron party, saying it was using women for its "toxic, divisive, anti-women political goal" and asked women not to be the pawns in the hands of those who have no thoughts about the future of women. Image courtesy TK Devasia
The Women's Wall was suggested at a meeting called by the Kerala government, following massive protests by right-wing parties and a section of devotees over the government's decision to implement the 28 September apex court order, allowing women of all ages to offer prayers at Sabarimala. Image courtesy Sasi Chandrika @ Thiruvananthapuram
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The Women's Wall was suggested at a meeting called by the Kerala government, following massive protests by right-wing parties and a section of devotees over the government's decision to implement the 28 September apex court order, allowing women of all ages to offer prayers at Sabarimala. Image courtesy Sasi Chandrika @ Thiruvananthapuram
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, his cabinet colleagues and communist veteran VS Achuthanandan were among those who were present at the public meeting after the formation of the wall. Sasi Chandrika @ Kannur
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Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, his cabinet colleagues and communist veteran VS Achuthanandan were among those who were present at the public meeting after the formation of the wall. Sasi Chandrika @ Kannur
The initiative also witnessed a group of the Jacobite faction of the Christian community lining up in support of the wall along with members of the Muslim community. Image courtesy TK Devasia
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The initiative also witnessed a group of the Jacobite faction of the Christian community lining up in support of the wall along with members of the Muslim community. Image courtesy TK Devasia
Vijayan said at the event that the wall has become a movement against gender discrimination faced by women and to protect their constitutional rights. Image courtesy Anup K Venu @ Thrissur
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Vijayan said at the event that the wall has become a movement against gender discrimination faced by women and to protect their constitutional rights. Image courtesy Anup K Venu @ Thrissur
Representatives of Universal Record Forum (URF) which records amazing feats across the globe declared the human wall as the "longest women's wall in the world" with participation of over 35 lakh women, reported the <em>Press Trust of India</em>. Image courtesy Sasi Chandrika @ Thiruvananthapuram
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Representatives of Universal Record Forum (URF) which records amazing feats across the globe declared the human wall as the "longest women's wall in the world" with participation of over 35 lakh women, reported the <em>Press Trust of India</em>. Image courtesy Sasi Chandrika @ Thiruvananthapuram