New Delhi : The All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) on Friday dubbed as ‘miserable’ the attack on Bhumata Brigade chief Trupti Desai in Nashik and said it is ‘absolutely shameful’ on part of the Maharashtra Government not to do anything to keep the basic worship rights of women intact.
AIDWA general secretary Jagmati Sangwan said the attack on Trupti’s convoy only suggests the Maharashtra Government’s failure.
” Trupti Desai is struggling to retrieve the women’s ‘right to worship’ in Maharashtra. In such a situation is she gets attacked by local goons then it is a deplorable affair for the Maharashtra Government. It only suggests that the state government and the administration are not serious about the women’s right to worship,” Sangwan told ANI.
Desai made her second attempt yesterday to enter the inner sanctum of the temple in Nashik.
“Women are not allowed to enter the sanctum sanctorum of the Kapaleshwar Temple. There is casteism also. There should be equality of men and women. Women should also be allowed to enter the inner sanctum of the temple,” Desai told ANI.
She further stated that when they arrived in the temple last Thursday the trustees were prepared to guide them to the inner sanctum of the temple, but they couldn’t enter as there were protestors outside the temple and there was a fear of attack on them.
“The protestors last Thursday protested and vandalised the office of the trustees. Some CCTV cameras were also stolen. I think there is bullying (dadagiri) by the priests. This is absolutely wrong. This bullying should end and there should be equality. If the DCP, CP or the SI tries to stop us, they should be terminated by the Chief Minister,” she added.
Last Thursday, the women activists were prevented from entering the sanctum sanctorum of the temple.
They had to be escorted out of the temple by the police.
Except the priests, both men and women are not allowed to enter the sanctum sanctorum of the temple, which is situated on the banks of river Godavari.
Desai had entered the Haji Ali Dargah in Mumbai earlier this month. However, she wasn’t allowed to enter the inner sanctorum. (ANI)