Civil supplies employee Kanakadurga (39), one of the two women to successfully enter Sabarimala hill temple on January 2, has moved to a government home in Perinthalmana after her family refused to accept her into the house, due to their anger at her decision at having entered Sabarimala.
Kanakadurga had been admitted in a hospital in Kozhikode on January 15, after her mother-in-law allegedly attacked her by beating her with a wooden plank to the head. This incident occurred the first time she returned home after having stayed in unnamed locations for two weeks after her temple visit, which she chose to do in order not to exacerbate the delicate law and order situation that had prevailed at the time. Her mother-in-law had also checked herself into the hospital on the same day as Kanakadurga, alleging that Kanakdurga too had attacked her.
Johnson, one of the companions who had accompanied Kanaka Durga and Bindu Ammini to Sabarimala temple, told TNM, “After she got attacked by her mother-in-law on January 15, she was admitted in Kozhikode Medical College. When she was discharged yesterday and returned home to her husband’s house, she found it was locked. The police called her husband and brought him to the police station. Her husband there said that the keys to the house are somewhere else, so they couldn't open it. Her husband, mother-in-law and others have locked up the house and are staying elsewhere.”
“This is why Kanakadurga has been moved her to a government Sakhi home. They are going to move court, as by law, a wife has the right to live in her marital home,” Johnson said.
In an interview to TNM soon after her successful tempe visit, Kanakadurga had said that her family had no clue that she had left home to go to Sabarimala and they would have opposed if they had known. Bharath Bhushan, the brother of Kanakadurga, had alleged there was a CPI(M) and Kerala police conspiracy behind the entry of Kanakadurga and Bindu. Bhushan, an RSS member, had also told reporters on Tuesday that the family had “disowned” Kanakadurga and would only accept her if she made a public apology.