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Indian Villagers Defy Court Order, Block Female Activists from Hindu Temple

Hundreds of villagers blocked a group of about 30 female activists Saturday from entering the inner sanctum of a Hindu temple in western India. A high court in Mumbai ruled a day earlier that women have a fundamental right to enter temples in the state of Maharashtra. A 1956 law makes it a crime to keep women from entering Hindu temples, but authorities at some temples have barred women from worship, citing centuries of tradition. The female activists accessed the compound of the Shani...

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