God Cannot Discriminate Between Genders: Pawar

In Support of lifting restrictions on women\'s entry in Shani Shingnapur temple, Sharad Pawar said God cannot discriminate between genders.

Published: 02nd February 2016 03:57 PM  |   Last Updated: 02nd February 2016 03:57 PM   |  A+A-


MUMBAI: Supporting the demand for lifting restrictions on women's entry in Shani Shingnapur temple in Maharashtra's Ahmednagar district, NCP chief Sharad Pawar today said God cannot discriminate between genders and that he feels nobody should be barred from praying.

"What kind of God is this who bars entry of women in temples? If there is indeed such a God, I do not believe in Him. My God cannot discriminate between genders," Pawar told reporters here.

"I have already spoken to the temple authorities and requested them to re-consider their decision and allow women to enter the temple. Let us see the outcome," he said.

Replying to a query, Pawar said the government cannot do anything much about the issue until villagers are convinced to shun traditional customs.

"First the villagers need to be taken into confidence on the issue and only then can the government do something about it," he said.

Defying an age-old tradition of not allowing women inside the sanctum sanctorum of Shani Shingnapur shrine, women protesters had recently tried to force their way into the temple but were stopped from doing so.

They later met Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and submitted a memorandum to him in the regard.

Fadnavis had later, in a series of tweets, advocated for a change in cultural traditions, saying that Indian culture and Hindu religion give women the right to pray.

Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will also visit Shani Shingnapur on February 7 in a bid to resolve the deadlock between temple authorities and villagers.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp