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Sabarimala Temple: Women rights activist Trupti Desai detained in Pune on her way to Shirdi to meet PM Modi

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Srishty Choudhury | Updated on: 19 Oct 2018, 07:53:02 AM
Sabarimala Temple: Women rights activist Trupti Desai detained in Pune; she was going to Shirdi to meet PM Modi

Sabarimala Temple: Women rights activist Trupti Desai detained in Pune; she was going to Shirdi to meet PM Modi

New Delhi:

Trupti Desai, the president of the Bhumata Brigade president and activist, was detained by the Pune Police early on Friday morning when she was about to leave for Shirdi. She had written to the Ahmednagar Police on Thursday demanding to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who would be in Shirdi on Friday to attend the valedictory function of the Sai Baba Samadhi Centenary celebrations, to discuss the Sabarimala issue.

She had also threatened to stop the prime minister’s convoy if he doesn’t agree to meet her.

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When detained, Desai said that it was their Constitutional right to protest and by stopping them from going to Shirdi to meet the prime minister, it is an attempt to suppress their voices.

On October 13, Desai had told Malayalam TV channels that she along with other women would visit Sabarimala soon and that the ongoing agitation by devotees was the violation of the Supreme Court verdict. She had appealed to the agitating devotees to welcome those women who come for worship Lord Ayyappa at the hill shrine.

Desai was instrumental in leading an agitation of women in November 2015 for gaining the entry to the core area of famous Lord Shani shrine in Ahmednagar district.

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She subsequently led similar protests at the Mahalakshmi temple in Kolhapur and later at Lord Shiva temple in Trimbakeshwar near Nashik. Last year, Desai tried to enter the Haji Ali dargah in Mumbai but beat a retreat after an angry mob prevented her from proceeding further. On May 12, 2016, she made a successful second attempt and entered the dargah under tight security but not in the inner sanctum where women are not allowed.

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First Published : 19 Oct 2018, 07:52:54 AM