An estimated 55 lakh women lined up across Kerala—from Kasaragod in the north to Thiruvananthapuram in the south—to form a 620-km ‘wall’ on New Year’s Day. The women took a pledge to protect the renaissance values and gender equality as well as to fight patriarchy and marginalization.
Marshalled by the Kerala government and a section of Hindu organisations, the wall was organised against the backdrop of the Supreme Court verdict on Sabarimala. Afterwards, two women were finally able to enter the sanctum sanctorum of the Sabarimala temple.
Also known as ‘Vanitha Mathil’, the wall was formed for 15 minutes and extended to over 14 districts, starting with social justice minister KK Shyalaja and ending with CPM Politburo member Brinda Karat.
The 620-km long wall will find a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the longest chain of women ever created.