Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission slams temple for harassing amputee mountaineer

The Madhya Pradesh Human Right Commission has issued notices to the Ujjain district collector and the Mahakal temple committee for denying entry into the shrine to Arunima Sinha, the first female amputee to scale Mount Everest.

Temple authorities did not allow Arunima, a former national-level volleyball player, to enter the innermost chamber of the Mahakal temple as she did not follow the dress code.

Only women in sarees and men in dhotis to enter sanctum sanctorum, say temple authorities

The Commission has asked the district collector and the temple committee to inform them about the arrangements made for the elderly and disabled at the temple. Arunima has alleged that her disability was mocked at when she visited the temple on 24 December.

The state government has ordered an inquiry, and Arunima said that she felt "greater pain while visiting the temple than climbing the Mount Everest". She had also tagged the Prime Minister’s Office and the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister’s office in her tweet.

The temple administration has now decided to make special arrangements for disabled people so they can offer prayers easily.

Under the new arrangement, two-three guards at the entrance would track the disabled, handhold them and take them into the temple and then see them off at the gate after darshan.

New arrangements made at Mahakal Temple for disabled, elderly

Media reports say that Arunima was stopped twice by the security personnel while trying to enter the sanctum sanctorum of the temple and that she broke down while arguing with them.