New Delhi: Pintooben, a Dalit sarpanch in a village in Ahmedabad, Gujarat gave Rs 10 lakh of her personal savings for the construction of a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Reported by the DailyMail, the sarpanch of the small Rahemalpur village cannot enter the inner sanctum of the temple mainly because she is a Dalit, a person born in a lower caste who is not meant to enter any Hindu house of worship.
Villagers in Rahemalpur had demanded the construction of a temple, and following their entreaty, the woman sarpanch had donated as much as Rs 10 lakh to commence the construction of the temple.
Pintooben says that it is her own money she used and not the money allotted to the sarpanchs.
When asked, “You are spending so much, wouldn’t you like to step into the temple?” she says, “I’d like to, but there’s opposition. There can be a ruckus. One among 100 may be there to object and say the temple has been defiled, the god has been defiled," quotes the Dailymail in an investigation carried out by IndiaToday.
Albeit the Dalit sarpanch professes her faith and her piety, she cannot, however, enter any sanctum of Hindu temple mainly because of her caste.