(London Post) A group of female activists has been prevented from entering a temple in western India. The incident came a day after a court ruled that women have a fundamental right to enter Hindu places of worship.
On Friday, the High Court in Mumbai ruled that women have a fundamental right to enter Hindu places of worship across the state of Maharashtra, despite heavy opposition from locals who want to uphold centuries of a tradition barring women from doing so.
Police reportedly intervened after the villagers threatened to attack any women who entered the shrine, despite the fact that the court upheld on Friday a 1956 law that punishes anyone who prevents women from entering temples.
The court made the ruling after female activist Trupti Desai challenged bans on female worshippers as discriminatory.
Of India’s 1.2 billion population, around 80 percent is Hindu. Other religions that have large representation in the country include Christianity, Islam and Buddhism.
blc/ng (AP, AFP)