Right to puja: Bombay HC order celebrated by activists

| Friday, April 1, 2016 - 18:56
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Right to puja

New Delhi: The Bombay High Court on Friday backed women on the controversy over their right to worship in temples across the country. In a speaking order, the Bombay HC ordered the state government to ensure that its instructions are implemented so that women can be treated equally in places of worship. The order comes as a big win for the women activists fighting the cause across the country.
Bhumata Brigade, an organisation that works for the empowerment of women had staged protests against the taboo that didn’t allow women to worship inside the inner Santorum of Shani Shignapur temple.
After the landmark verdict by the Bombay HC, Tripti Desai, president of Bhumata Brigade expressed gratitude. “I will be visiting the temple on Saturday and would perform ‘puja’ there,” Tripti said.   
On the other hand, a section of society has slammed the HC order and called it against religious traditions. Rahul Eshwar spokesperson for Shabrimala temple said, “A temple is a private space between a deity and devotee; it is not a tourist place. A temple has its own set of rules that need to be followed by everyone.”

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