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Millions Of Women In India Join Hands To Form A 385-Mile Wall Of Protest

Their cause is gender equality. For many of them, the motivation to take part was highly personal.
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. Source: AFP/Getty Images

It was 3 p.m. on New Year's Day when Rakhee Madhavan, a 39-year-old teacher living in Kochi in the southern Indian state of Kerala, decided that she wanted to begin 2019 by doing something meaningful.

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.

They called it the in the local language of Malayalam.

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