Bhumata Brigade leader Trupti Desai, who anchored various movements for entry of females into religious places, may soon be seen in the controversial reality TV show Bigg Boss. As per the news agency ANI, the activist has received an offer to participate in the show. India Today Television reported that the activist has confirmed the news with them. As per the report, Trupti may even consider joining the show, ‘but on one special condition’. The activist will participate only if the voice of Bigg Boss-that interacts with the participants-is changed to female instead of male.
Trupti Desai first made headlines when she, along with 500 women, started a movement to visit Shani Shignapur shrine in Maharashtra to break the age old ban on women’s entry inside the shrine. Trupti’s protests against discrimination of women at religious places didn’t stop here. After winning the battle against Shani Shignapur authorities, Desai did the same at Mahalakshmi Temple in Kolhapur and Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple near Nashik. While the priests at Mahlakshmi temple opposed her entry, she was peacefully escorted by the police at Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple.
The activist also locked horns with Mumbai’s Haji Ali Dargah trust. Finally, the Bombay High Court ruled in favour of women, and allowed the entry of females in inner sanctum of the dargah last month. The two-judge bench, hearing a plea filed by the Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan, ruled that the ban imposed on women devotees as breach of Articles 14 (equality before law) and 15 (prohibition of discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth). After the orders, Desai visited the shrine and offered prayers.