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Trupti Desai was stopped from entering Mahalakshmi temple

Trupti-Desai-stop Bhumata Brigade chief Trupti Desai offering prayer at the Shani Shingnapur temple | PTI

Though the courts have come in favour of women in their fight to enter temples with out any discrimination, it may take much longer for them to break the back of the beast.

Trupti Desai, who spearheads the campaign and has succeeded in getting the centuries old ban lifted in the Shani Shignapur temple in Maharashtra, other temples seem to be in no hurry to follow the suit.

On Wednesday, the Bhumata Brigade activist was not allowed to enter the Mahalakshmi temple at Kolhapur in Maharashtra. She was stopped and taken into preventive custody after protests from local women.

The Shani temple had earlier lifted the 400 year old ban on women entering the inner sanctum following a Bombay High Court order declaring that entering places of worship is the fundamental right of every woman and that the government is responsible to protect their right.

The Supreme Court, which is hearing the Sabarimala case, has taken a strong stand and asked what right the temple authorities have to stop women from entering the temple. As per the tradition, women aged between 10 and 50 are not allowed to enter the famous hill shrine in Kerala. The top court had asked if tradition is above the constitution.

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