RIGHT OF AD­MIS­SION RE­SERVED

Some of the places of wor­ship in the coun­try where women have faced dis­crim­i­na­tion

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HAJI ALI DAR­GAH Mum­bai

Lo­cated along the Mum­bai coast, the tomb of 15th cen­tury Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari al­lowwed women into the sanc­tum sanc­to­rum only in Novem­ber 2016 fol­low­ing the Supreme Court’s in­ter­ven­tion

LORD AYYAPPA TEM­PLE Sabari­mala, Ker­ala

The Sabari­mala tem­ple had been stuck in a le­gal to and fro for re­fus­ing en­try to girls/ women of ‘men­stru­at­ing age’ (10-50 age group). On Sept. 28, the SC ruled that women must be al­lowed in

PATBAUSI SATRA Bar­peta, As­sam

Men­stru­at­ing women are not wel­come here. In 2010, then gover­nor J.B. Pat­naik pre­vailed upon the tem­ple’s spir­i­tual head and took 20 women in­side. Tem­ple au­thor­i­ties now claim the bar on en­try of women was dropped as long ago as 1991

LORD KARTIKEYA TEM­PLE Pe­howa, Haryana

The tem­ple wor­ships the

brah­machari form of Lord Kartikeya. Women are ad­vised to stay away on the ba­sis of a be­lief that the de­ity curses women who come vis­it­ing

RANAKPUR TEM­PLE Ra­jasthan

The 15th cen­tury Jain tem­ple has a no­tice out­side that ap­peals to women to not en­ter the premises while they are men­stru­at­ing. The tem­ple man­age­ment con­nects men­stru­a­tion with vi­o­la­tion of the tem­ple’s sanc­tity

NIZA­MUD­DIN DAR­GAH Delhi

The 14th cen­tury shrine of Sufi saint Niza­mud­din Auliya has a set of dos and don’ts for women. They can en­ter the dar­gah, but can­not go beyond the wall or of­fer petals at the mar­ble grave. Hi­jras, how­ever, get all the priv­i­leges that men en­joy

JAIN TEM­PLES Guna, Mad­hya Pradesh

While women are al­lowed to en­ter, there are re­stric­tions on what they can wear

SREE PADMANABHASWAMY TEM­PLE Thiru­vanan­tha­pu­ram

Women are al­lowed in if they are ‘ap­pro­pri­ately’ at­tired. In Novem­ber 2016, the tem­ple man­age­ment al­lowed women wear­ing churi­dar-kurta to en­ter, but con­tin­ued with the ban on three-fourths, sleeve­less tops and leg­gings. Men can en­ter only if they are wear­ing mundu

JAMA MASJID Delhi

Women are not al­lowed in­side after sun­set

TRIMBAKESHWAR TEM­PLE Nashik

A favourable Bom­bay High Court or­der al­lowed women en­try into the sanc­tum sanc­to­rum in April 2016, de­spite re­sis­tance from the tem­ple man­age­ment and lo­cals

MAHALAKSHMI TEM­PLE Kol­ha­pur, Ma­ha­rash­tra

Women were barred un­til April 2016 when a group of women en­tered the sanc­tum sanc­to­rum after a Bom­bay HC or­der

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