Bhumata Brigade chief Trupti Desai was attacked in Nashik on Friday morning, a day after she offered prayers at the Kapaleshwar temple. The activist alleged that it was a planned attack and that there is a threat to her life. She has been admitted to a hospital in Nashik. Desai, who has campaigned successfully to break the bar on the entry of women to some Hindu temples, on Thursday offered prayers at the Kapaleshwar temple, but didn't try to enter the inner sanctum.
Desai and other activists arrived at the temple at around noon on Thursday amid tight police security. Later, she and the others were escorted in a police van some distance away from the temple, from where they left for Pune. Some city residents held a meeting at a hall behind the temple and strongly opposed Desai's earlier decision to enter the sanctum sanctorum of the temple today.
Notably, in the previous week, Desai had to return without offering prayers at Kapaleshwar, following strong opposition from locals, priests and trustees of the temple. Earlier this month, Desai entered the Haji Ali Dargah in Mumbai but stopped short of the inner sanctum.
Desai has been in the news for months for leading a campaign to allow women entry into the Shani Shingnapur temple in Ahmednagar district and the Trimbakeshwar Temple in Nashik district.