The Shani Shingnapur temple trust on Friday decided to allow women to enter into the inner sanctum of the temple. The announcement was made by the trust members after the meeting.
The Bombay High Court had on Friday directed Maharashtra government to take pro-active steps for ensuring compliance of law to prevent discrimination against women on entry to places of worship, saying “it is the fundamental right of a woman” and the government should protect it.
Earlier in the day, amid raging row, over 100 male forcefully entered into the inner sanctum of the temple in Ahmednagar district to worship the deity. The men entered the temple to offer prayers on the occasion of Gudi Padwa. The temple in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district has traditionally banned women from entering the shrine’s sacred platform.
The temple, where women were not allowed in the sanctum sanctorum, had recently banned even the male devotees from entering the temple.
Meanwhile, activists of Bhumata Ranragini Brigade alongwith their leader Trupti Desai have left for the temple to offer prayers.
In January, a group of around 1500 women activists, tried to forcibly enter the Shani Shingnapur temple but were stopped by cops.
The Maharashtra government has promised the Bombay High Court that it will enforce a law which will have provision to jail a person for six months for preventing anyone from offering prayers at a temple.