You might have seen the picture of a temple with the words ‘Yeh Mandir Bikau Hai’ (this temple is for sale) written on the wall. The picture has been going viral on social media since few days, and the woman priest, Shakuntala Devi, who is actually the owner of the place, alleged that she is getting threats from some local goons.
Here’s how the story goes – The 62-year-old Shakuntala Devi lives in a house in a place called Mullah Colony which has the majority of Muslim population. She bought the place in 2000, and used to live there, but later in 2010, she converted the house into a temple as there were many mosques around the place and not a single temple.
But few anti-social elements were threatening and troubling her as she ran the temple from the place. And that is the reason why she wanted to sell the place. According to a report by Jansatta, Shakuntala Devi said that everything was cordial when she had moved here but somehow the Muslim people around couldn’t stand the fact of a temple being there in the vicinity.
She alleged that her neighbour Mehboob, along with other people, have been misbehaving with her, since she started converting her house into a temple. According to her, the shopkeepers, who were Muslims mostly, had stopped selling her daily goods, and the one who did, sold them at a very high price.
Not only this, Shakuntala said that the Muslim children would just push her and run away to mess with her, and some people would also throw pieces of meat in front of the temple. She went on to the extent of saying that some of them even came inside the temple and urinate.
The news spread like wildfire when the devotees flocked the temple and were in a fix when they read the notice outside the temple.
Meanwhile, the report also threw some light on the other side of the story. And here’s what it was – According to the report by Jansatta, one of the Muslims, who is close to Shakuntala Devi, said that the whole situation is actually has a political angle to it. He said that the Sadhvi actually wants to contest elections as the polls in Delhi over scheduled next month.
The man told that she used to write things on the wall of the temple earlier as well, and he even showed a photograph. The same guy introduced the journalist to Shakuntala’s neighbour Mehboob, who reacted to things said about him.
The Hindus and Muslims living in the neighbourhood told that the situation has never gotten that worse ever, and that police have given them medals for being one of the most peaceful areas. According to the Muslims living there, they set up tents and serve the Kavariyas during the Kanvar yatra.
They said that Sadhvi used to engage in fights with people on trivial matters but they never reacted much as she was an old lady living alone. Mehboob said that he even filed a complaint with the police when Shakuntala Devi misbehaved with them, but the police hushed the matter by explaining to them that she was an old lady and that things like this should be avoided with her.
But this time, the issue really grabbed the attention on social media, and everybody is talking about it.
What do you think about the matter?