Women head to bust temple ban, detained

Mumbai: Trupti Desai along with around 100 Bhumata Brigade members, who were detained by the police en route to Trimbakeshwar Temple in Nashik, since evening, said on Monday night that they are firm on their resolve to go to Trimbakeshwar and have demanded that the police should now take them there.

Continuing their campaign against gender discrimination at places of worship, around 100 women under the banner of the Bhumata Brigade had decided to visit the famous Trimbakeshwar on Monday, seeking to break the ban on devotees at the inner sanctum of the Lord Shiva shrine.

However, they were detained by the police on their way. They were stopped by the police near Nandur-Shingote village near Sinner and then taken to the police station at around 5pm. They were not arrested but were not allowed to go further, police said.

On January 26, the outfit, led by Trupti Desai had made a high-voltage attempt to breach a similar ban at the Shani Shingnapur temple in Ahmednagar district and vowed to carry on with its campaign for gender justice.

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block them as they had done during the earlier march. The ancient temple in Trimbak town, located 30 km from Nashik, houses one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. The shrine has been turned into a fortress in view of the country-wide terror alert and also because of the flow of lakhs of devotees on account of the festival of Maha Shivratri.

Desai, president of Bhumata Brigade, who left Pune with about 100 activists as part of her plan to push for entry of women into the garbhagriha (sanctum sanctorum) of the temple, urged Chief Minister Devendra Fadanvis to make sure that their members are not detained on the way, as the authorities did during the earlier campaign.

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