Sunday, September 30, 2018

Trupti Desai to visit Sabarimala Temple


PUNE: Social activist Trupti Desai, who has been spearheading the right to pray movement in Maharashtra, is ready to visit Sabarimala Temple with the Supreme Court (SC) allowing entry of women of all ages into the shrine in Kerala.

The apex court on Friday lifted a ban that prevented women and girls aged between 10 and 50 from entering the famous temple, holding the centuries-old religious practice as illegal and unconstitutional. Hailing the SC judgment, Desai told TOI that there should have been no restrictions of any kind that discriminated and denied the menstruating women the right to pray.

Desai’s Bhumata Ranragini Brigade had in the past led an agitation to allow entry of women into Shani Shingnapur Temple. Subsequently, Desai announced a campaign for women’s entry into Sabarimala Temple. But some activists in Kerala opposed her entry into the shrine.

Activist and lawyer Asim Sarode said, “The restrictions on women were violation of equality and fundamental rights.”


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