Arunima Sinha, the first female amputee to scale Mount Everest, on Monday said she was not allowed to enter the Mahakal temple in Madhya Pradesh’s Ujjain district and was mocked for her disability. The security guards allegedly stopped her twice from entering the temple’s sanctum sanctorum.
“They stopped me for my clothes...I was wearing a lower and a jacket,” Sinha told NDTV. “I showed them that I did not have a leg and said I would take only a minute, but they did not let me enter.”
The district administration has been asked to conduct an inquiry, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bhupendra Singh said. “The Madhya Pradesh government is sensitive about the needs of people with disabilities,” he wrote on Twitter. “You are the pride of India and you are welcome in Ujjain, the city of the Lord Mahakal.”
Mahakal Temple Aministrator Avdesh Sharma said he came to know about the incident through media reports. He said he would ask the security guards why they stopped her, The Times of India reported. “We are also checking the CCTV footage to identify the guilty.”
On Tuesday, however, Sharma said worshippers need to follow a dress code to enter the sanctum sanctorum. Men have to wear a dhoti and women a saree to enter the inner sanctum of the Mahakal temple during the “bhasma aarti”, he told PTI, adding that the guards had informed Sinha about the rule when she arrived at the temple.