The fight to reclaim women’s right to pray at the Shani Shingnapur temple has reignited the debate between ‘tradition’ and ‘equality’. The Bhumata Brigade, under the leadership of Tripti Desai met the temple trustees demanding entry into the inner sanctum. Though the process of debate has begun, there seems to be no resolution in sight. Temple authorities are rigidly defiant about letting women practice what they inherently possess.
Women are adamant on their right to pray while trustees are insistence on the continuation of tradition. But for how long can women be denied their fundamental rights? After all, traditions can be discriminatory, but can faith be inherently exclusive?