The Morning Wrap: Shani Shingnapur Temple Trust Appoints First Woman President

12/01/2016 9:25 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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In a first, the Shani Shingnapur Temple Trust in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district has appointed a woman as its president. Instead of breaking with gender biases, however, Anita Shete reportedly intends to maintain the ban on women from entering the area where the idol of Lord Shani is kept in the temple.

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