Millions of women joined hands along a highway in Kerala to form a "women's wall" on New Year's Day. For participants, the goal is gender equality. It was 3 p. So Madhavan, who was visiting her hometown of Mullukkara 60 miles away for the holidays, boarded a bus there that was brimming with women. One hour later, she was part of what is reportedly the largest public gathering of women for the cause of gender equality in India. According to government estimates published in the Indian press, somewhere between 3. The "wall" stretched out miles. Organizers said it was a continuous chain from one end of the state to the other, but some critics say there were gaps. The demonstration was planned to create awareness of gender equality — and to protest a religious ban that prevented women of menstruating age from entering one of the country's sacred Hindu temples even after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of their entry on Sept. The proposal for the demonstration was announced by the government in early December, after the threat of violence from male devotees forced several women to abandon their attempt to enter the Sabarimala temple.
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Soumya murder case is a criminal case regarding the rape and murder of Soumya, a year-old woman from Manjakkad near Shornur , while she was travelling in a passenger train from Ernakulam to Shornur on 1 February The incident happened in train number , Ernakulam Junction - Shoranur Junction passenger train immediately after it left the Vallathol Nagar railway station. According to the prosecution,   the deceased girl, aged 23, hailing from a poor family at Shornur got a small job at an institution in Ernakulam. She and her family consisting of her younger brother and their mother were eking their livelihood from the monthly salary being earned by her. Once in a while, during holidays, she used to go to her house at Shornur by the Ernakulam - Shornur passenger train, which leaves Ernakulam in the evening. During the course of her employment, she got acquainted with a young man employed at Ernakulam, who is the friend of some of her co-workers. They liked each other and he proposed her.
KOCHI: Following the allegations from producers regarding the use of drugs in the cinema industry, shocking details have surfaced. Many from the cinema were linked with drugs before. But most of those cases were wrapped up even before the investigation properly began. Recently, police found an actress in a naked state under the influence of drugs in an apartment near Brahmapuram. The police found that the ecstasy drugs were supplied to her by a Kozhikode native. In May , three Ernakulam natives possessing hashish oil were arrested by excise officers in Thiruvananthapuram. As per the accused, there were customers for the oil in the Malayalam film industry. There were reports regarding an actor seeking treatment at a rehabilitation centre.