Women wall to be 620 km long; 30.15 lakh women to join


M. K. Suresh

Thiruvananthapuram: The women wall to be formed on New Year in order to uphold the Renaissance values will have a length of 620 km. If a person needs a space of 1.5 feet to stay shoulder to shoulder with the next person, about 13,56,080 women will have to take part to cover this distance. However, the organisers of the event are planning to arrange two times more number of participants required.

30,15,000 women will be participating in the event to form the women wall extending from Kasaragod to Vellayambalam in Thiruvananthapuram. The wall will be formed on January 1 at 4 pm on the right side of the national highway. A slight change will be seen at some distance in Malappuram.

People of all religious sects will be part of the women wall. Campaigns will be held visiting the households. The women writers and cultural activists outside Kerala also will take part in the mission, said Punnala Sreekumar, the convenor of the committee for protecting renaissance values.

The beginning of the wall will be in Kasaragod. Those from Wayanad will join the wall at Kozhikode and those from Idukki will join at Aluva. People from Kottayam will join the wall at Alappuzha.

The women will arrive at 3 pm and a rehearsal will be held at 3.45 pm. The women wall will be formed at 4 pm. Later, oath taking and meeting will be conducted at main centres.

The number of women who will participate in the wall has been fixed in each district. An organising committee will be formed in all districts on December 11, 12 and 13. The panchayat and ward level meetings of women will be complete by December 22.

It was SNDP Yogam general secretary Vellappally Natesan who suggested the resistance by women in a meeting convened by the chief minister. This suggestion was relevant after the discussion held in the all-party meeting, Tantri and Pandalam royals.

However, the presence of those who oppose the young women entry into Sabarimala in the organising committee and dropping out of committee members ended up in further controversies. Allegations arose that the wall represents communalism. Sreekumar said that the women wall will be a different voice for protecting Renaissance values.

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