Two weeks after she got into a row with her mother-in-law for entering Sabarimala, 39-year-old Kanakadurga returned to her home in Angadipuram on Tuesday. However, just before she reached, her mother-in-law Sumathi Amma and her husband Krishnan Unni had left the home with her two children and have reportedly moved into a rented house.
Kanakadurga, who had been living at a government home, moved a Gram Nyayalaya (village court) stating that she wished to return home. The village court on Tuesday passed an interim order stating that Kanakadurga had the right to live in her husband's home.
"I was happy to get the court's order and also happy to come back to my house. I am sure I can meet my children, if not this time, it will happen soon," Kanakadurga said, speaking to the media from her Angadipuram home.
When asked about her family moving out, she said, "I want to live with them, they have moved out as they are not ready to live with me. But I am sure all problems will be solved in the near future."
A civil supplies employee, Kanakadurga, along with 44-year-old Bindu, became the first two women below the ages of 50 to enter the Sabarimala temple after the Supreme Court lifted the ban on the entry of menstruating women into the temple. As protests broke out across the state over their visit, she and Bindu lived in an unknown location for two weeks.
On January 15, Kanakadurga went back home for the first time after her visit and mother-in-law allegedly attacked her by hitting her on the head with a wooden plank. She was admitted to a hospital in Kozhikode. Her mother-in-law had also checked herself into the hospital on the same day as Kanakadurga, alleging that Kanakadurga too had attacked her. She had then moved to a government Sakhi home in Perinthalmana after her family refused to accept her into the house.