In pics: Indian women fight gender inequality, form 'wall' of solidarity
After women devotees were stopped from entering the Sabarimala temple post a Supreme Court order allowing women of all age to offer prayers there, women form human chains in different parts of the country to defeat the gender discrimination and sexism in the name of religion.
620 kilometer long 'Women's Wall'
On Tuesday, over 35 lakh women stood shoulder-to-shoulder across the national highways in Kerala, creating a 620 km-long human 'wall' from the northern end of Kasaragod to the state's southern tip.
Protest in name of gender equality
The 'Women's wall' was conceived in the backdrop of frenzied protests witnessed in the hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa at Sabarimala after the Kerala government decided to implement the Supreme Court verdict, allowing women of all ages to offer prayers at the shrine.
Second human 'wall' by men
Another 'Solidarity Wall' was parallelly formed by thousands of men in Kozhikode, Kerala to support the same cause. (Image courtesy: Twitter)
Human chain in Mumbai
Over 1,000 women from several organisations and social activists gathered to form a nearly one km-long human chain from Dadar Chowpatty to Shivaji Park in Mumbai on Tuesday evening to express solidarity with the 'Women's Wall' as part of an initiative to uphold gender equality. (Image courtesy: Twitter)
Participation of Muslim women
A number of Muslim women also took part in the campaign and they carried banners with messages like 'neither we are impure nor second-rate citizens. Let's unite against all sorts of discrimination.' (Image courtesy: Twitter)
Delhi women protest for Kerala sisters
On Tuesday, a group of women in Delhi expressed unity with protesters in Kerala.
The demonstration was held outside Kerala House here in Jantar Mantar where members of National Federation of Indian Women held placards saying, 'Equality and Justice is Women's Constitutional Right'. (Image courtesy: Twitter)
Two women in their 40s entered Sabarimala temple on Wednesday and offered prayers at the main shrine. The temple authorities have shut the temple following the entry of both women, purification rituals have been called for.