Kochi: Bindu and Kanakadurga who entered Sabarimala temple for the first time after the Supreme Court verdict said they expect the support of the society.
After entering the hill shrine on January 2, they were in hiding due to mounting protests and threats. They came out for the first time after this to attend the ‘Aarppo Arthavam’ campaign. Both arrived by 3.30 pm without giving any prior information.
It is learnt that clashes may erupt in many places where the two visit. "But we were drawn here due to the energy gained from here. We are not part of any party or organisation but will be part of the progressive movements," they said.
Kanakadurga opined that they expect women who have self-esteem to support them considering the purity of their intentions. She added that they are not afraid of attacks and that they stayed away in order to avoid conflicts in the society. The renaissance organisations are identifying the attackers, they added.
Bindu and Kanakadurga returned after spending some time in the dais and among the audience.
Sunny M. Kapikkad and Sunil P. Ilayidom delivered a speech on ‘the importance of renaissance’ as part of the programme. Dr. J. S. Veena, Akku Akhil, Unniyarcha and Manasa talked about ‘menstrual campus’. Anita Dube, M. M. Laurence, V. P. Rajeena and K. K. Shahina also addressed in various sessions.
The second day of the event witnessed a low participation unlike the first day. Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, health minister K. K. Shailaja, KPMS general secretary Punnala Sreekumar, CPI national leader Annie Raja and some other noted personalities did not attend the programme.