Women have every right to enter a religious place.

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Gourav Bhattacharjee, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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“The God does not discriminate between men and women, so why should there be gender discrimination in the premises of the temple.” Even though our country got freedom in 1947 the pre-independence culture is not completely washed-out from our democratic system. Few funny facts about our culture that we worship mother, sister, goddess durga and her all other forms but out saintly divide our gods and their power with gender discrimination. No one is ready to take stand against such discrimination and dominance behavior of the society. I, firmly believe unless we do not stop treating women as second grade citizens, India as a country will never grow and develop.

Most of the holy places are run and managed by the trustees or governing bodies and they are exercising their power as if they are “extra constitutional authorities”. These people apply their own logic under religious belief. It is time to reform our traditions. We successfully abolished the practice of sati-pratha and baal-vivaah, it is high time to change this outdated tradition also.

In a country with many patriarchal societies, women have largely accepted these rules, regardless of religion. Other side of story also says these bans, you could argue, deny women the right to publicly practice their faith. That doesn’t stack up well with the constitution, which says that Indians have the right to declare their faith openly, and have the right to perform the duties, rites and rituals prescribed by their religion – even if they have different rules for women. Women have over the centuries complied with these customs, and there is no doubt that there are women who comply either because they want to or because they don’t have any objection. The point is that they have a choice, even if not every woman realizes this.

Our Supreme Court is taking few positive steps but that won’t be enough for a country like ours. We need to join hands and make a cumulative change towards the brighter future. Lets bring justice for our sisters, daughters, soulmates and mothers.

 

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