Thiruvananthapuram: Bharathbhushan, brother of Kanakadurga slammed Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan over his sister's visit to Sabarimala shrine on January 2. Bharathbhushan participated in Ayyappa Bhakta Sangamam programme, which was organised by the BJP, Sabarimala Karma Samithi and other Sangh Parivar outfits.

Bharathbhushan apologised publicly in the Ayyappa Bhakta Sangamam programme for his sister's "brutal act" of hurting Ayyappa devotees' sentiments. He also alleged that CPI(M) and Pinarayi Vijayan are behind the entry of women of menstruating age into Sabarimala. He said that CPI(M) party workers were behind this conspiracy, which was headed by Vijayan. He also said that Kanakadurga had attacked her mother-in-law after reaching home.

Also read: Sabarimala shrine visitors move Supreme Court for lifetime protection

Bharathbhushan also alleged that Kanakadurga doesn't even care about her own mother and she doesn't visit her mother.

Meanwhile, Perinthalmanna police have registered a case against Kanakadurga, who allegedly attacked her mother-in-law. Reports had stated that Kanakadurga, who reached her house on January 15 after the darshan of Lord Ayyappa, was allegedly beaten up by her mother-in-law and was admitted to Perinthalmanna taluk hospital.

But later, Kanakadurga's mother-in-law, Sumathi, came forward and filed a case against her daughter-in-law claiming that Kanakadurga had attacked her on January 16. 

Kanakadurga from Malappuram and Bindu from Kozhikode entered the shrine on January 2. This triggered a series of mass protests in the state and caused a state-wide hartal.

Also read: Sabarimala shrine visitor Kanakadurga accused of attacking mother-in-law

Many Ayyappa devotees staged a protest on the streets of Kerala, by chanting Ayyappa slogans against the two women, who entered the Sabarimala temple on January 2. This incident earned the wrath of Ayyappa devotees, who have expressed their anger against the women and the state government for breaking the law of the temple tradition that was made hundreds of years ago.

Meanwhile, on January 18,  the Supreme Court directed the Kerala government to provide 24x7 police protection for Bindu and Kanakadurga, the two women of menstruating age, who trekked to Sabarimala and entered the temple.

Also read: 2 women below 50 enter Sabarimala with police help; Kerala CM expresses happiness

The court passed the order while hearing the plea of the duo on January 18 seeking 24X7 security. The two approached the apex court on January 17 seeking round-the-clock security following life threats.