Days after being beaten up for entering temple, activist admitted to hospital

Trupti Desai complained of breathing problems; she had been beaten up for trying to enter the Shani Shingnapur temple’s inner sanctum

Two days after activist Trupti Desai was allegedly manhandled and beaten by local women when she was trying to enter the inner sanctum of Shani Shingnapur temple in Ahmednagar, she was hospitalised after complaining of back and stomach pain and breathing problems. She was rushed to a Pune-based private hospital on Monday morning.

Desai is out of danger and will be discharged from the hospital soon
Desai is out of danger and will be discharged from the hospital soon

Desai, along with dozens of women volunteers belonging to Bhumata Ranragini Brigade, had marched from Pune to Ahmednagar on Saturday, to worship at the Shani temple and especially planned to go to the inner sanctum. As she entered the temple and tried to step inside the core area of the shrine, she was allegedly manhandled and beaten by local women. Later police intervened and detained the local women, Desai and volunteers, and took the women to an Ahmednagar civil hospital. By 6 pm they were released.

Desai (31), who is the mother of a six-year-old boy, complained of breathing problems and pain in the back and stomach, and was rushed to the hospital by her husband Prashant. She has been admitted in a private room of Bharati hospital in Katraj.

Speaking to mid-day, Desai vowed to continue her fight. "My fight against gender bias will continue, I will march ahead. If people think beating me has broken me then it is an illusion, I will fight back. Women abused me, assaulted me. I pity this mentality. The police also dragged me to the van. Soon after discharge I will meet Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and also plan to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi for this."

Desai and other volunteers tried to enter the temple on Saturday
Desai and other volunteers tried to enter the temple on Saturday

Her husband Prashant recalled, "Trupti reached home in the wee hours on Sunday and from next evening she complained of pain in the back and stomach, so I gave her a pain killer. At 8 am on Monday, she complained of breathing issues. So I rushed her to a hospital. I am proud of her initiative as she is doing it for women and I appeal to all women to stand by her and demand to worship at the lord Shani shrine. Let’s see what happens after a woman touches the shrine."

He added, "For two hours, she was kept under observation and later shifted to a private room of the hospital. She is out of danger."

Talking about the assault on her, he said, "This is not the way to beat someone. She has bruises on her hands, stomach and back. On Sunday as she reached home she was a bit down but didn’t realise that she was beaten so badly."

At Shani Shingnapur temple in Ahmednagar, the women and men are worshiping at the shrine from a distance and the situation is under control, claimed the Public Relation’s Officer of the trust.

Dr Sanjay Lalwani, medical director of Bharati hospital said, "Desai is out of danger. She has sustained bruises. We will soon discharge her."

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