We are accustomed to hearing many promises that stay in that, in promises. But when you’ve been living in an environment of suffering, abuse and inequality for years, promises are not enough and you have to do everything in your power to change the situation.
That is why five million women in Kerala, in southern India, came together to form a human chain and demand a real change in the laws so that the gender equality they have promised so much is applied.
In the union there is the force, for that reason, five million women created a 620 km long human chain to demand equality in a culture that constantly excludes and denigrates women.
The wall started in Kasaragod and reached Thiruvananthapuram, with the aim of nullifying acts of violence against women who try to enter the temple of Sabarimala, one of the most sacred places in India.
According to traditionalist Hindus, women between 10 and 50 years old cannot enter because they go through the period of menstruation and, therefore, “are impure.” However, last September the Supreme Court of India lifted the ban on women giving them their full support.
The women also wanted to generate an impact that went far beyond the problem they are living: they try to remember why India is considered the most dangerous country to be a woman: they are raped, suffer sex trafficking and forced servitude; In addition, they are subjected to “cultural” practices such as acid attacks, genital mutilation, child marriage, among others.
After the human chain, more than 100 public meetings were organized in Kerala with the assistance of political and spiritual leaders, cultural, artists, and writers, among others.
In solidarity, men from that territory formed a human chain parallel to the women’s wall; although the number was much smaller, they decided to protect them, insisting that it is a matter of civil rights.