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MCW bats for equality as women march against Trimbakeshwar temple ban

10:29 AM Mar 07, 2016 | Asia News International

Nashik: As scores of women activists march to the Trimbakeshwar temple in Nashik to protest against their entry in its inner sanctum, the Maharashtra State Commission for Women (MCW) on Monday batted for equality of both genders worshipping gods.

“In our culture there has been equal status given to both men and women and this was same for worshipping gods also. The women can equally worship god as men do. We feel the society must work in accordance and provide equal opportunity to all,” Vijaya Rahatkar, chairperson MCW told ANI.

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Bhumata brigade, the women group, which led the protests at Shani Singhnapur temple is organising the march led by activist Trupti Desai. The group has demanded that women must be allowed inside the temple on Shivratri.

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Meanwhile, the temple trust has maintained that the ban of entry of women is based on tradition, claiming that no objection has ever been raised on the same. The ancient Trimbakeshwar temple, located 30 kilometres from Nashik, is a major Lord Shiva shrine of the country, which has one of the 12 ‘jyotirlingas’.

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