Shani Temple Faceoff: Despite HC Ruling, Women Prevented From Entering

Local villagers gheraoed the temple\'s core area and vowed not to allow women at shrine\'s sacred platform.

Published: 02nd April 2016 04:04 PM  |   Last Updated: 02nd April 2016 06:55 PM   |  A+A-

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Trupti Desai in pink who headed the protest by women activists for entry to the Shani Shignapur temple complex participate in dharna at the temple in Ahmadnagar district on Tuesday. | PTI

By PTI

AHMEDNAGAR: A day after Bombay High Court held that entry to temples was a fundamental right of women, scores of women activists today made a bid to storm the inner sanctum of Shani Shinganapur temple in Maharashtra to break the ban but they were stopped by scores of villagers.   

Upset at her attempt being foiled, Trupti Desai, who led the Bhumata Ranragini Brigade, said she would file an FIR against Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis if he fails to honour the Bombay High Court order facilitating entry of females to places of worship.     

Vowing to intensify the campaign for gender justice after the tense faceoff, Desai said a police complaint would be also filed against those who prevented the activists from entering the core area of the shrine in Ahmednagar district.    

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