K L-VIJAYAN-WOMENS WALL

'Women's wall' to be formed from Kasargode to T'puram on Jan 1
Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 1 (PTI): A 'Women's Wall' would
be formed on January 1 from the northern district of Kasargode
to the southern most district of Thiruvananthapuram to
demonstrate the secular and progressive mindset of the state,
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said Saturday.
"No one can push back the progressive society of Kerala
into the dark ages," he said after a meeting with over 50
socio-cultural organisations here.
The meet with prominent caste-based and social
organisations, including the Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana
(SNDP) Yogam and others was an attempt by the state government
to garner support following the recent protests by right-wing
organisations across Kerala over entry of women of all ages in
the Sabarimala shrine post the Supreme Court verdict.
"As part of the combined efforts of all these
organisations which took part in the meeting, a women's wall
will be formed on January 1 from the northern district of
Kasargode till Thiruvananthapuram, to show the country the
secular and progressive mindset of the state," 'Vijayan told
reporters after the meeting.
    He also sought support of 'progressively-thinking"
minds of the state to come out and pledge support to the cause
in order to safeguard the "secular" fabric of Kerala.
The Nair Service Society (NSS), another prominent
caste-based organisation in the state, did not take part in
the meeting.
Asked about the NSS boycott, the Chief Minister said such
organisations, which had played a major role in the social
reformation in Kerala, should have attended the meeting. PTI
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