The Bhumata Brigade is a Pune-based social activist organization founded in 2010 in the state of Maharashtra, India, dedicated to fighting against injustice to women and against corruption. The organization's founder is Indian gender equality activist Trupti Desai.
The Bhumata Brigade is best known for their protests against the banning of women from worship at places of worship, including Shani Shingnapur temple in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, and the Haji Ali Darg/ah in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
By 2016, the Bhumata Brigade reportedly had 4,000 members, including some men. A branch of the organization Bhumata Ranragani Brigade, focuses on women's causes, including the Shani temple protests. They are also sought out for assistance by victims of eve teasing, dowry issues, and physical or sexual assault.
Shani Shingnapur temple protests
The Shani Shingnapur temple has a 400-year tradition of not allowing women to worship at the altar, where there is an idol of Shani. On 26 January 2016, India Republic day, a group of 500 protesters in buses was stopped by police near the town of Supa, 70 km from the temple.
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