The four women, also members of Manithi, a progressive women’s organisation, are based in Kerala. However, other members refused to reveal their identity and their current location to avoid security threats.
“We are under immense pressure. Hence we have to be discreet about every step we take. We are facing a lot of threats,” said Vasumathi Vasanth, a member.
On Sunday, 11 members of the organisation were forced to retreat after the mob turned violent while they were waiting at the Pamba base camp to undertake the 5km trek. The women even sat in silent protest in the area for at least seven hours, hoping to get a chance to go to the temple, but in vain.
On Monday morning, two more women — Bindu and Kanakadurga from Kozhikode and Malappuram — reached Pampa by a KSRTC bus and started the trek. However, they were sent away by protesters.
Some people allegedly surrounded Bindu’s house in Kozhikode and began raising slogans against her attempt to enter the shrine.