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>> These two women have sparked statewide protests in India and drawn condemnation from the country's two main political parties all with the simple act of walking into a Hindu temple. As centuries old > past term at the Separa Mala Hill temple in
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left wings take off meant defended its decision to protect the women entering the temple. In fact, thousands of female activists who formed a 385 mile long human chain on Tuesday. It's a political position that has drawn strong opposition from India's two main parties, Including Prime Minister Modis BJP.
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India's top court ordered authorities last year to lift the ban, but the temple refused to comply and thousands of devotees have blocked women from gaining access. But following a two-hour middle of the night trek, and under police protection, the two women became the first ever to step inside on Wednesday.
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In the subsequent protests, police have used tear gas and water cannons to dispel large crowds, who say the women defied a sacred Hindu tradition. The
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It's a victory of the movement of equality and it's a victory of female power.>> Carol
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The outpour had put religion squarely on the political agenda months before a general election is due by May.