The Kerala Government proposes to fund its Women Wall programme from Rs 50 crore set aside for prevention of atrocities against women, thereby making it clear that the January 1 initiative to ‘rekindle the spirit of renaissance’ will be an LDF-sponsored one.
The Government told Kerala High Court on Thursday that no other fund would be used for this.
“The Government has reserved Rs 50 crore fund for measures to prevent violence against women. Since women wall is part of such a measure, we have decided to use this fund to sponsor women wall. The fund might lapse if not used before the end of the year,” it said in the affidavit.
The court did not consider the petition demanding preventing the move to use government fund for women wall.
The court set stiff conditions for the programme that has already been facing flak for stoking communal flame. It wanted the Government to give it all details of the expense for the wall and noted the Government assurance that no flood relief fund would be diverted towards organising the event.
The court also made it clear that none could be forced to be part of the wall and children below the age of 18 should not be in the event.
The government also said the programme was part of ensuring gender equality and was similar to supporting cultural programmes like the international film festival or the Kochi-Muziris Biennale.