Desai’s stature grew in 2016 when she attracted nationwide attention while trying to breach the security cordon and seek entry into the sanctum sanctorum of the 400-year-old Shani Shingnapur temple in Ahmednagar district.
Trupti Desai had earlier spearheaded the campaign for women to be allowed into various religious places including Shani Shingnapur temple, the Haji Ali Dargah, the Mahalakshmi Temple and the Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple.
Trupti Desai said she will soon reveal the date on which she and other members of the Bhumata Brigade would be travelling to Sabarimala, adding that she needed armed protection in Pune and also on her way to Kerala
The complainant, Vijay Makasare, a doctor from neighbouring Amhednagar district, had alleged that Desai, who heads the 'Bhumata Ranragini Brigade', her husband Prashant and two other persons thrashed him after he fell out with Desai.
Ahmednagar, Feb 22 (ANI): Bhumata brigade activist Trupti Desai was detained by the police in Ahmednagar on Monday while she was leading a group to the Shani Shingnapur temple. Desai is leading a movement to break the gender barrier at the Shani Shingnapur temple in Maharashtra, where women are not allowed to enter the sanctum sanctorum of the shrine.
Supa (Maharashtra), Jan 26 (ANI): The police detained women activists, who were on their way to the Shani Shingnapur temple to break the centuries old tradition of not allowing the feminine gender to enter the sanctum sanctorum on Tuesday. The activists of Ranragini Bhumata Brigade led by Trupti Desai, who had left from Pune earlier in the day for the Shani Shingnapur temple, were stopped by the police near Supa in Maharasthra. Desai said that it was a black day for women as they were being stopped from exercising their rights. To prevent law and order issues, the police and temple authorities have put up three levels of barricades, deployed women constables and village volunteers to guard the temple.
Pune, Jan 25 (ANI): Women activist Trupti Desai on Monday said on Republic Day, around 1,000 women will go to the Shani Shingnapur Temple in Maharashtra. The sacred platform has been reportedly out of bounds for women as per centuries-old tradition. Desai added that it is a fight of women's self respect and will continue the fight for justice. Raising a question, she said when a man visits the temple then there is no problem, but when a woman goes it becomes unsacred? The prohibition of women entry has prompted lot of ruckus in recent days.