Ranjana Kumari backs women fighting to enter Nashik temple

New Delhi, Mar. 7 (ANI): Disapproving the ban on women from entering Nashik’s Trimbakeshwar temple, women activist Ranjana Kumari on Monday said this kind of injustice towards the feminine gender is unfair as neither the Constitution differentiates nor any religion or god himself supports such discrimination.

Kumari said no law or religion limits women from offering prayers, adding it is their right to worship in any manner they wish.

“This is injustice with women. If it’s a place of worship and symbolises faith and belief then women epitomise these better. For example, if there is any religious event taking place in the country you will find 80 percent of women participation in the same. So, now the basic question here is how fair is it to not allow women to offer prayers,” said Kumari.

“Moreover, this kind of injustice towards women is unfair as neither the Constitution differentiates nor any religion or god himself supports such discrimination. And it’s high time that we realise that women can offer prayers of any sort akin men and I am happy about the fact that women now are themselves fighting for their rights,” she added.

The women activists, led by Bhumata brigade activist Trupti Desai, are today marching towards Trimbakeshwar temple in Nashik where the entry of women is prohibited.

Desai has demanded that women should be allowed to enter the inner sanctum of Trimbakeshwar temple on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri.

She had earlier led a march of women activists and attempted to enter the Shani Shingnapur temple.

Meanwhile, the temple trust has maintained that the ban on entry of women is based on tradition, claiming that no objection has ever been raised on the same.

The ancient Trimbakeshwar temple, located 30 km from Nashik, is a major shrine of Lord Shiva having 12 ‘jyotirlingas’, drawing devotees from far and wide. (ANI)

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