By:

Akshay Ingulkar

Bharat Modi

Gauri Sonawane

Ritesh Mukherjee

 

INTRODUCTION:

Being denied entry into certain temples or mosques, therefore, is not a spiritual issue. It is only a legal issue. That so-called “places of worship” are man-dominated and seats of discrimination must open their eyes to the fact that these are places where god is routinely mocked. Practising discrimination in the name of god is the worst form of irreligion. A place where this is done has nothing to do with god or spirituality. Why do you want to waste your time and money there? I am sure that the women in this country have better sense than that. The core issue today is not temple entry for women. It is the liberation of god from the pious prisons we have created for the divine. It is because god is confined to these quaint and funny places that the fear of god does not operate elsewhere. That is the curse of our country. If only we recognised the omnipresent god who is with us in our workplaces, in our relationships, in our marketplaces, this country would have been free from corruption, caste violence and systemic oppression. By creating man-dominated places of worship, we confine god to convenient spots and claim the rest of the country to practise corruption, injustice, violence and oppression.

 

OBJECTIVES:

This survey was conducted to get the views of people on how ready they are to accept non entry of women in temples.

 

VIEWS AND REVIEWS:

Female activists fight against gender inequality in India’s Hindu temples

  • While there are many fronts in the battle for equality, the Bhumata Ranragini Brigade, as the group is known, has sought to tackle the issue of female admission to Hindu temples.
  • Members of the Brigade are aware that any campaign for equality needs the support of as many people as possible, and there has certainly been a debate about the presence of women in temples in recent weeks.
  • The head of the temple, Prayar Gopalakrishnan, was quoted in Indian media as saying he would consider letting women enter when a machine was invented to check if it was the right time for them to come in.

 

DATA COLLECTION:

In the light of above topic, we surveyed 100 youngsters (20- 30 years of age) from our vicinity. Following are the five statements we put to respondents on liker scale.

    • STATEMENT 1: Trupti Desai’s protest against women entrance in religious places is reliable
    • STATEMENT 2: In current situation, this issue is helpful to solve Indian women problems
    • STATEMENT 3: Indian women’s entrance in religious places is injustice
    • STATEMENT 4: After getting permission to enter religious places, there is a possibility of improvement in standard of living, education, culture and psychology of people.
    • STATEMENT 5: Indian fundamentalist mentality will agree with gender equality.
Data was coded as +2, +1, 0,-1,-2. After rectifying missing entries data was put into excel sheet. Calculations were done by using the formulae
Mean= (∑X )/N
Standard Deviation= (∑(X-X ̅)2)/(N-1)
Standard Error= (Standard Deviation)/(√N)
Z= (X-0)/(σ/(√N))
If Z > 1.96; Statement is accepted
If 1.96 > Z > -1.96; Statement stands neutral
If Z < -1.96; Statement is rejected

 

DATA ANALYSIS:

&nbsp STATEMENT-I STATEMENT-II STATEMENT-III STATEMENT-IV STATEMENT-V
MEAN 0.52 0.06 -0.03 0.032 0.46
S.D. 1.68 1.58 1.5819 1.6211 1.6824
S.E. 0.7513 0.7066 0.7072 0.725 0.7436
Z value 0.6971 0.0849 -0.0424 0.0441 0.6816
Neutral Neutral Neutral Neutral Neutral

 

CONCLUSION:

People are neutral when asked about women’s entry into religious temples. Nothing comes out of survey.