Bombay High Court has observed that women cannot be stopped from entering the Shani Shingnapur temple located in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. The high court made the observations in response to a petition challenging the age-old tradition of denying entry to women inside the shrine where deity Shani is worshipped.
The court observed if men can have access to all places of worship, so can women. It is also the duty of the state government to protect women’s rights.
Directing the government to give wide publicity to the law and issue circulars for the benefit of the general public, the court asked the government pleader A Vagyani to make a statement whether the government would ensure entry for women in the temple.