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Women activists stopped from entering temple in India



Women activists stopped from entering temple in India
Despite a no gender discrimination ruling by a Mumbai court angry villagers blocked a group of women activists from entering the Shani Shignapur temple in western India.
On Friday, a high court in Mumbai ruled that women had a fundamental right to enter and pray inside temples across Maharashtra state.
The court also ordered the state government to ensure that the women were not prevented from entering temples.
In a bid to celebrate the court ruling while also calling it a victory for their campaign, 25 activists from the Bhumata Ranragini (Women Warriors of Mother Earth) Brigade attempted on Saturday to enter the Shani Shignapur temple, but they were stopped by angry villagers from offering prayers in the temple’s inner sanctum.
“The ruling should have been implemented by the administration. We will file a police complaint against the chief minister and the home minister,” Bhumata Ranragini Brigade chief Trupti Desai told reporters.
The court later heard a petition challenging such bans in certain temples in Maharashtra, enforced by caretakers who say they are part of traditions that go back centuries.
“Our age-old tradition cannot be violated. Our village has decided that women cannot be allowed into the inner sanctum,” a villager told news channels.
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