It is undoubtedly a shame for the 21st century when we are pondering over the complexion, caste and creed! We are celebrating the success, doing research for further development, encouraging everyone to listen and learn new things, but never be able to keep ourselves away from the so-called concept of ‘casteism’. Nowadays, the newspaper becomes successful too to capture the intolerable inhumanity upon the ‘Dalit’ people because the incident happens frequently to and fro of this country.
One such shameful incident must stir your mind. As per reports, a group of villagers were evoked to clean and purify a temple in Uttar Pradesh’s Hamirpur district, after a Dalit BJP woman MLA offered prayers to the deity at a local temple. The temple was cleaned with Gangajal and the idol was sent to Allahabad for purification in the holy water of Ganga River. The woman MLA had entered the premises on July 12. The incident was highlighted when a video footage of the cleansing and purification ceremony went viral on social media. But the question is that such practice can really clear the plain of the temple? However, such practice defines their mentality which requires cleanliness. Is this the way to reach to the god?
The locals believe that the temple is from the Mahabharata era. The residents claim that if a woman enters the temple without the saint’s wishes, then the region will be cursed by Lord Shiva with four decades of famine. A local resident opined, “Since there is a ban on women entering the temple, they can stand outside and pray.”
The locals also claim that after Anuragi’s visit, they did not get any rainfall despite dark clouds hovering over the village.
Responding to the controversy, Anuragi said, “It’s an insult to women if such things have happened. These are deeds of half-witted people.” The Hamirpur controversy has come to light at a time when a constitution bench of the Apex Court of India, is examining the Sabarimala Temple’s bab on women in the “menstrual age”. The Supreme Court in the case has observed that religious practices cannot violate constitutional rights.