Trupti Desai Enters Shani Shingnapur Temple

After Shani Shingnapur temple trust decided to lift restriction on women from entering the sanctum sanctorum, Bhoomata Brigade leader Trupti Desai, who is involved in a prolonged fight against gender discrimination at places of worship, welcomed the decision of temple trustees and said it was a “wise” step on their part.

Yielding to a high voltage campaign by activists, the Shani Shingnapur temple trust today (April 8) allowed women to enter the sanctum sanctorum, breaking the tradition followed for several decades. Earlier in the day, around 250 men from Shingnapur village entered the sanctum sanctorum of the temple in the village and offered prayers to the deity on the occasion of ‘Gudi Padwa’. The Bombay High Court had on April 1 held that it is the women’s fundamental right to go into places of worship and the government is duty-bound to protect it. The debate over the issue escalated after a woman last year tried to enter and offer prayers at the Shani Shingnapur temple, in ‘breach’ of the age-old practice of prohibiting entry of women.

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