Bindu Ammini, one of the women who entered Sabarimala after the Supreme Court verdict that allowed women of all ages to enter the hilltop sanctuary, has decided to leave Kerala as she feels it has become uninhabitable for her.
She claimed she has been given 24/7 police protection as per a Supreme Court directive, but she has been subjected to brutal attacks even in the presence of officers.
Bindu and Kanakadurga had entered the hilltop shrine under heavy police protection in January 2019, amid the Sabarimala Karma Samithi protests.
Bindu, who was the first CPI-ML (Kanu Sanyal) state secretary in Kerala and a member of the party’s central committee, expressed her desire to move to Uttar Pradesh or New Delhi, where she believes she will find peace of mind and security.
‘I will leave for New Delhi in four days, before I decide where to settle,’ he said. “There is no going back on my decision. The CPM and DYFI workers provided me with some protection immediately after I entered Sabarimala. Then they withdrew the same thing,” she said.
According to Bindu, it was her Dalit background that left her exposed to atrocities. “Two other women had entered the temple.
“I tried to meet Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in 2020 in Thiruvananthapuram. But his office prevented me from doing it. So how could I convey my situation?” Bindu said. She was granted 24-hour police protection after top lawyer Indira Jaising raised her security concerns in the Supreme Court.
Who is Bindu Ammini
Bindu Ammini is a Dalit activist, lawyer and lecturer at Government Law College, Kozhikode in India. Ammini was raised in poverty by her illiterate mother, who worked in farms, factories and hotels.
She became the first in her family to attend university in 2001 and was a leader in the Kerala Vidyarthi Sanghatana, the student wing of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) (CPI [ML]).
Bindu Ammini has an LL.B. degree from Government Law College, Ernakulam, and an LL.M. from the University of Kerala, Kariavattom Campus, Thiruvananthapuram.
Bindu Ammini has worked as a lawyer at the Koyilandy court and has taught at several universities including the University of Calicut and Kannur University Thalassery Campus School of Legal Studies. She is currently a professor at the Government Law College in Kozhikode.
Ammini is also a state leader of the Bhim Army, a Dalit rights organization, and adheres to subaltern feminism, which advocates for the rights of women in the oppressed classes.
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