Thu, Apr 27, 2017 | updated 08:21 PM IST

Temple authorities `clean` premises with Gangajal after Dalit woman performs pooja

Updated: Jul 15, 2016 08:27 IST      
Temple authorities `clean` premises with Gangajal after Dalit woman performs pooja

Kanpur, July 15 (ANI): A new case of caste discrimination has come to light after a Dalit woman in a Kanpur village alleged that the authorities of a temple, where she had gone to offer prayers, cleansed the temple with 'Gangajal' after she left. The incident is alleged to have taken place on Friday when Sunita Devi, along with other women, reportedly went to the Chaturbhuj Temple in the village to offer prayers. "We went to perform the pooja on Friday. As soon as we reached, the temple authorities closed down the gates. They told us that gates of the temple would not be opened as we are Dalits. But later on she allowed," Sunita told ANI. "As soon as we finished the pooja, she threw the prasad in the pond and sprinkled gangajal in the temple premises to clean it," she added. One of the other ladies, who also went to perform the pooja, said that it was not the first time that this has happened. "Earlier also, she used to put locks at the gate. They told us that people of the Balmiki community cannot enter the temple premises because the gods will then become untouchable," she told ANI. Meanwhile, the Kanpur Additional SP said that this was a false allegation. "The people had gone to perform pooja when the temple was closed. It is a usual custom all across the world that there are specific timings for temples to open and close," he told ANI. "These women had reached the temple when it was closed. The priestess at the temple at first denied entry, but when they insisted, he allowed them to enter. They also wanted to enter the garbgrih and perform the pooja. At first the priestess declined but when they insisted he allowed them to perform the pooja at the sanctum sanctorum of the temple," he added. Babita, the priestess of the temple, cried foul saying that they never deny entry into the temple. "Temple closes at 12, she came at 1 and forcefully asked me to let her enter and we did. I usually wash the temple at 12 during the closing time. That is my work," she said. (ANI)

New Delhi [India], Apr 27 (ANI): Asserting that the implementation of the Centre's Smart City Mission is certainly changing the way city governments are addressing issues of urban planning and execution, Union Urban Development Minister M.Venkaiah Naidu today said thye objective was to raise standards of livability and urban sustainability in these areas .

Full Story >>

Guwahati (Assam) [India], Apr 27 (ANI): Tasile N Zeliang would be conferred Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctorate Degree) by the Gauhati University in recognition of her unstinted and tireless efforts in the field of education, sports, writing and social works during the 26th convocation ceremony of the institution on April 28 here.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Apr 27 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee conferred the 52nd Jnanpith Award on Professor Sankha Ghosh here today.

Full Story >>

There are militant camps in Pakistan, says NC leader

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 20:07 IST     

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India] Apr 27 (ANI): Senior National Conference (NC) leader Mustafa Kamal on Thursday said that there are militant camps in Pakistan.

Full Story >>

Reports of 'contempt of court notice' false: Art of Living

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 19:51 IST     

New Delhi [India] Apr 27 (ANI): The Art of Living (AOL) on Thursday denied receiving a contempt notice from the National Green Tribunal (NGT).

Full Story >>

IT reveals two separate actions on black money

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 19:38 IST     

Bikaner (Rajasthan) [India], Apr 27 (ANI): Two separate actions by the Income Tax (IT) department on Thursday revealed the extent of impunity with which the Chartered Accountants (CA) operate in facilitating conversion of black money into white.

Full Story >>

Civilian killed during clashes in Kupwara

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 19:38 IST     

Kupwara (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], April 27 (ANI): A protester was killed in Jammu and Kahsmir's Panzgam area of Kupwara even as the army was engaged in an encounter with terrorists.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Apr 27 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee has condoled the passing away of veteran actor Vinod Khanna.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Apr 27 (ANI): The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has issued a notice to the Education Department to take action against a private school after it refused permission to a rape victim to attend classes in the institution.

Full Story >>

Mother has requested Pak to meet Jadhav: MEA

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 19:01 IST     

New Delhi [India] Apr 27 (ANI): The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday said that India has handed over to Pakistan, a letter of appeal from the mother of alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death by a military court on espionage charges.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], April 27 (ANI): India on Thursday informed that a joint working group has been formed between Colombo and New Delhi to work on infrastructure development, including a port in Sri Lanka.

Full Story >>

We will answer them back soon, says CRPF

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 18:26 IST     

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], Apr 27 (ANI): Hours after terrorists attacked an Indian Army camp in Kupwara's Panzgam in Jammu and Kashmir, Inspector General of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Ravideep Sahi on Thursday asserted that their only motive is to restrain these kinds of incidents and answer them back in quick action.

Full Story >>

'Egoistic' Govt. doesn't want Lokpal: Anna Hazare

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 18:26 IST     

Ralegan Siddhi (Maharashtra) [India], Apr 27 (ANI): Accusing the BJP-led government of being apathetic to the issue of appointing Lokpal, social activist Anna Hazare on Thursday said it is clearly the 'ego' of the government that is not appointing the Act even after the Supreme Court's direction.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Apr 27 (ANI): The Centre on Thursday released an amount of Rs. 19,000 crore out of the Rs. 80,000 crore development package for Jammu and Kashmir announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Full Story >>

Army on look out for third terrorist

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 18:14 IST     

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], Apr 27 (ANI): The Indian Army on Thursday said a search operation for the third terrorist is on and has assured to find him soon in Kupwara's Panzgam area.

Full Story >>

Was victim of Congress conspiracy: Sadhvi Pragya Thakur

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 18:14 IST     

Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) [India], April 27 (ANI): Days after getting bail from the Bombay High Court, Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, accused of plotting the 2008 Malegaon blast, on Thursday alleged that she was a victim of the Congress government's conspiracy.

Full Story >>

Sukma terror strike survivors narrate ordeal

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 18:04 IST     

Sukma (Chhattisgarh) [India] Apr 27 (ANI): The survivors of the Naxalite attack in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district said they were ambushed a large number of rebels who used rocket launchers, grenades and crude bombs.

Full Story >>

Darbar to move from Jammu tomorrow amid tight security

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 18:04 IST     

Jammu (Jammu and Kashmir) [India] Apr 27 (ANI): The Darbar will move from winter capital Jammu to Srinagar on Friday amid tight security cover.

Full Story >>

IIM Ahmedabad director Ashish Nanda resigns

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 17:58 IST     

Ahmedabad (Gujarat) [India], Apr 27 (ANI): Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad's Director Ashish Nanda on Thursday resigned citing personal reasons.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Apr 27 (ANI): The Central Government on Thursday told the Supreme Court that it is exploring "ways and means" to protect 'individual's freedom of choice' in regard to WhatsApp data sharing with social sites like Facebook.

Full Story >>