>> 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
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.
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.
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
It's a victory of the movement of equality and it's a victory of female power.>> Carol
The outpour had put religion squarely on the political agenda months before a general election is due by May.