In a show of massive solidarity, at least five million women in Kerala, India came together to form a 620- kilometer long human chain to protest the continued backlash and violence against women trying to enter the state’s Sabarimala temple, a popular pilgrimage site that ritually bars women’s entry on religious grounds.
The Women’s Wall was formed as a mark of protest against all those who weren’t allowing women to enter into Sabarimala temple—a Hindu pilgrimage site.
Supreme Court of India ruled earlier this year said that the doors of the temple will be open to women of all ages. Faced with violent protests, so far only 10 women have been able to enter the Sabarimala temple since the order, according to a report by
Times of India.
Here’s an insight into the Women’s Wall in Kerala-
For the first time ever, millions of women came up to form a human chain from Kasaragod to Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala to fight for equal gender rights in India.
The 620-km long women line connected the north and south end of the Indian state of Kerala.
So far, 5 million women have participated in the ‘Women’s Wall’ including actors like Zeenath and Usha and local political state across Kerala. It is reportedly one of the largest women gatherings across the globe.
Even the government of Kerala has welcomed the protest by saying it doesn’t want Kerala to go back to the dark age.
During the assembly, the women stood by each other stretching the line through National highway 66, with several women wearing ‘kasavu mundu’-- a traditional dress.
The wall was organised to support Supreme Court of India verdict on Sabarimala temple, which bans women of menstruating age to enter the premises.
Many men also formed a wall parallel to the ‘Women’s Wall’ to show their solidarity towards gender equality and women’s rights.
Some of the opposing political parties have termed the ‘Women’s Wall’ a failure because it did not include participation from semi-urban and rural areas.