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Tribal groups on collision course

Jamshedpur, May 28: Tribal organisations seem set on a collision course among themselves over the entry of women into places of worship.

Members of Central Jahersthan Committee (CJC) today prevented members of Akhil Bhartiya Sarna Dharma Samiti (ABSDS) and Ranchi-based Sarna Prarthna Sabha from entering Dishom Jaher (a sacred place for tribals offering puja to the nature deity), in Karandih.

CJC, which manages the affairs of Dishom Jaher, said they had denied entry to the group concerned as it included women.

According to tribal customs, women are barred from entering places of worship.

Disgruntled members conducted the necessary religious ceremonies at Adivasi Youth Club. But they have decided to forcibly enter the sanctum sanctorum on June 4.

CJC is against allowing women to enter sacred places, whereas ABSDS, an organisation supported by former MP Salkhan Murmu, encourages the entry of women into places of worship.

Murmu confirmed that they have decided to confront the CJC members over the issue.

'We would forcibly enter the jahersthan on June 4,' said the firebrand leader.

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