Shani Temple Trust buckles after Maharashtra CM's intervention
By Vaibhavi Pathak
| Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 16:05
Maharashtra: Looks like the faith face-off of one thousand women with the centuries old tradition pertaining to restriction of women from the sanctum sanctorum of Shani Shingnapur temple in Nasik might end on a peaceful note.
Shani Temple Trust is ready to talk to women protesters after the intervention by the Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis. The CM tweeted yesterday that “there can’t be discrimination in the name of faith in India”. He further added that some solution should be taken out by resorting to discussion.
BJP Leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi spoke in favour of the Maharashtra Chief Minister’s view on the matter. He said, “Rights of the women should be respected and Maharashtra CM has stated the same very clearly.”
Nalin Kohli, BJP Leader said, “Everything can be achieved in a consensual manner involving both the parties and talking.
“I am sure that the government of Maharashtra will sort this issue and will assure that no such discrimination continues,” Sandeep Dixit, Congress Leader, commented.
Majeed Memon, NCP Leader also spoke in the favour of the same by saying, “This needs to be sorted as their rights should also be respected.”
The temple authorities have also agreed to engage in dialogue with the protesting women who were detained yesterday around 70 kilometres away from the shrine while they were on their way.
While some of the political parties sat silently on the issue, many came out and spoke in favour of the women protesting for their Right to Equality.