Women activists reject Trimbakeshwar’s rider for entry, file complaint

The Trimbakeshwar Devasthan Trust in Maharashtra has decided to allow women into the sanctum sanctorum of Shiva temple for an hour everyday, but with a rider that they must wear wet cotton or silk clothes while offering prayers in the core area.

Women activists have, however, refused to abide by the rule and lodged a police complaint.

The decision was taken at a meeting on Wednesday, to be implemented from the following day between 6 and 7 am, said Lalita Shinde, one of the temple trustees.

The temple trust took the decision following an agitation by Pune-based Swarajya Sanghatana, headed by Vanita Gutte.

However, Gutte and fellow-campaigners refused to enter the core area of the temple on Thursday morning wearing wet clothes and got into an argument with several local priests over the rule.

The women then lodged a complaint with police against the trust members and local people for purposely obstructing their entry into the temple.

Based on a complaint by Gutte, police registered offences against nearly 250 people, including members of the temple trust, some local priests and temple workers, under relevant sections, Trimbakeshwar police station in-charge Haribhau Kolhe said on Friday.

“We will have to check the footage of 45 CCTV cameras, other things to identify persons, against whom Swarajya Sanghatana chief Vanita Gutte has lodged complaint,” he said.

According to police, Gutte and other women activists left the holy town on Thursday.

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