Shani Shinganapur row: Activist Trupti Desai detained while attempting to enter temple

Pune: Fearing law and order problem, the police on Saturday evening detained activist Trupti Desai, who was trying to enter the inner sanctum of the Shani Shinganapur temple in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, despite huge protests from the locals and temple trust.


Backed by the Bombay High Court ruling that it is a fundamental right of women to go into places of worship, over two dozen activists left for the temple where tradition bans women from entering the shrine’s sacred platform.

However, the angry locals made a gherao around the temple’s core area, and vowed not to allow women at shrine’s sacred platform. They shouted slogans against Desai saying that they won't allow the tradition to be broken.


“Trupti Desai, along with 26 supporters were detained by police to avoid any clash with villagers,” Additional SP Pankaj Deshmukh informed.


Citing the act as a “murder of Indian constitution”, Desai said that she and her supporters were  pushed back by villagers. “The government has failed in its duty…we will file FIR against the chief minister,” she added even as the police stood as mute spectator to the whole proceeding.


News24 Bureau