Bindu Ammini and Kanakadurga created history by entering the Sabarimala Ayyapa temple in southern Kerala state, infuriating Hindu traditionalists keen to protect the tradition of barring women of childbearing age. India’s Supreme Court has said there should be no restriction for women at the temple, but the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party has sided with devotees. Photo: AFP

India should not place religion or traditions ahead of equal rights for women

  • Reports about India’s backwardness on women’s rights can be overblown, but violence over temple entry shows the government can do more
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Bindu Ammini and Kanakadurga created history by entering the Sabarimala Ayyapa temple in southern Kerala state, infuriating Hindu traditionalists keen to protect the tradition of barring women of childbearing age. India’s Supreme Court has said there should be no restriction for women at the temple, but the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party has sided with devotees. Photo: AFP
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