Meet the 80 year Pankajakshi Amma whose house is located 50 metres from the temple where the accident took place yesterday in which 106 died and 380 were injured.
For four years she has been complaining about the fireworks and the dangers associated with it. However, she and her family were literally ostracised for speaking up against what the temple authorities called a tradition.
I will continue to fight:
Pankajakshi's house was damaged in the fire yesterday. She has been complaining about the fireworks since the past four years.
Her family says that the authorities try to paint a different picture when she complained. The family was ostracised for speaking out against the tradition which has been on for several years.
However, for Pankajakshi it was not about questioning the tradition. She complained on the grounds of safety. Her son in law Prakash says that she was shocked when she heard about the tragedy.
Her house had been badly damaged in the accident and she was inconsolable when she heard that 106 people had died.
For the past four years she has been complaining. However this year her complaint was taken up and permission to hold a firecracker display was denied by the district collector of Kollam.
She had been requesting the temple authorities, but they threatened her. Her house which was built four years ago has been getting damaged every year. This time around the damage was bad.