Two women – Bindu Ammini (40) and Kanaka Durga (39) made headlines after entering the Sabarimala temple in Kerala. They are the first women in centuries to enter the temple. Now, they are hiding after the threats by protesters.

They told Reuters they were determined to enter despite threats of violence.

“A lot of people tried to dissuade us and make us turn back – police officers, our friends… because they knew we were facing a lot of backlash,” Kanakadurga said.

“We felt no fear. We had only one aim: we wanted to go to that shrine,” Bindu said.

She added, “This BJP government has a duty to regulate and control their members. I always say that I trust the police persons, the state government of Kerala and also our democratic society of Kerala.”

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