Earlier in the day, news emerged that Kanakdurga, one of the women who had entered Sabarimala through a Communist conspiracy, was beaten by her mother-in-law when she returned home. As per reports, her family did not support her antics. She has allegedly been receiving threats and has been provided with police protection. She is currently admitted to a hospital.
The reports had suggested that Kanakdurga was hit on the head with a wooden plank by her mother-in-law after a verbal scuffle broke out between the two when Kanakdurga returned home after desecrating the Sabarimala temple. Reportedly, the mother-in-law is a staunch devotee Lord Ayyappa.
While reports had already emerged that Kanakdurga too pushed the mother-in-law which resulted in “minor” injuries, the tale that is now emerging is different.
The Kerala State Secretary of BJYM, Sandeep Varier posted a video on Facebook which showed the mother-in-law lying on a hospital bed.
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Posted by Sandeep G Varier on Monday, January 14, 2019
OpIndia reached out to Varier to understand what the situation was. Varier alleged that he was in the area of Mallapuram for unrelated work. That time, he heard the news that Kanakdurga had been attacked by her mother-in-law. He said he was then informed by his partymen that it was Kanakdurga who had attacked the mother-in-law and that she was admitted to the hospital.
After receiving the news, Varier proceeded to the hospital where the 80-year-old Sumati, mother-in-law of Kanakdurga was admitted. He alleged that what actually happened in very different from what the Media has been reporting. He says that Kanakdurga went home with the police and other CPM local leaders in the morning. She wanted to enter the house and that time, the mother-in-law, who is a staunch devotee of Lord Ayyappa and Kanakdurga had a quarrel between them.
During the quarrel, Varier says, Kanakdurga attacked Sumati, her mother-in-law.
According to Varier, this might have been a planned sequence of events by Kanakdurga since she was accompanied by police and local communist leaders. At that time, Varier says, Kanakdurga pushed her mother-in-law and she fell down. When Kanakdurga was pushing Sumati, she too tried to push back. At that time, the police and communist leaders called for a taxi and took Kanakdurga to the hospital.
Sandeep Varier says that the news that Kanakdurga was attacked by her mother-in-law was spread by the communist leaders and Kanakdurga that she was attacked by the mother-in-law with a stick. He says that this is being propagated so the mother in law can be charged under IPC 307 or IPC 308.
He claims that in the morning, he received a video of Kanakdurga going to the hospital where there was no injury on her head.
He says that the mother-in-law was eventually admitted to the hospital by her relatives and is currently in substantial pain because she was pushed and she fell down. He says that the latest news he received was that Kanakdurga was taken to the Medical College and is currently in the ICU. This sequence of events, he claims, is a ‘drama’ by the State government and the police so that she can get inside her house and stay with the family.
According to The News Minute, Johnson, who had helped Kanakadurga find houses, told TNM, ”Her mother-in-law was against her going to the temple. So when she was back home she didn’t allow her to enter the house and beat her with a wood rod. Kanaka is admitted to a hospital in Perinthalmanna. She was haemorrhaging.” Another friend is reported to have said, “Her mother-in-law is a conservative woman. She was not in favour of Kanakadurga entering Sabarimala temple.”
The full truth is yet to present itself with two contrasting versions emerging now.