|Being the founder of Bhumata Brigade, an NGO working to fight against crime against women and corruption
|Physical Stats & More
|in centimeters- 161 cm
in meters- 1.61 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 3”
|Date of Birth
|12 December 1985 (Thursday)
|Age (as of 2021)
|Nipani, Belgaum, Karnataka
|Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey Women's University (college dropout)
|Relationships & More
|Father- Dattatraya Narasimha Shinde
Mother- Sanjeevani Shinde
|Son- Yogiraj Desai
|Sister- Tejashree Shinde
Some Lesser Known Facts About Trupti Desai
- Trupti Desai is an Indian social activist and founder of the Pune-based NGO Bhumata Brigade. The organization was started in 2010 to fight against injustice to women and corruption in the country. Over the years, the organization has campaigned for the entry of women to several religious places like Shani Shingnapur Temple and Haji Ali Dargah.
- Desai was born in Nipani Taluka, which is the second-largest city in Belgaum in Karnataka. The city shares its borders with Maharashtra. Desai and her family belonged to Kolhapur, and when she was eight years old, the whole family decided to leave Kolhapur and move to Pune. She is the follower of spiritual guru Gagangiri Maharaj of Kolhapur.
- She went to Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey Women’s University, Mumbai, for her bachelor’s degree but left her college in 1st year because of some family issues. Later, she was appointed as the president of an organization called Krantiveer Jhopdi Vikas Sangh, where she used to work in slum areas.
I used to work on social issues since I was in class 10. In 2003, I started working with Krantiveer Jhopdi Vikas Sangh and used to work for people living in slum areas. We generally used to help them with their day-to-day problems like providing ration cards, dealing with unemployment, legal problems and so on.”
- She came into the limelight in 2007 when she protested against Ajit Cooperative Bank and its chairman, Nationalist Congress Party’s (NCP) Ajit Pawar, for an alleged fraud of Rs. 50 crore. Over 35,000 people lost their money to this fraud; however, Trupti Desai formed Ajit Bank Sangharsh Samiti to help recover the money. After four years in court, Trupti managed to recover the money of 29,000 depositors.
- After a successful campaign against Ajit Cooperative Bank, people suggested that Trupti should form an NGO, and this led to the formation of the Bhumata Brigade in September 2010. The organization has over five thousand members that are actively supporting the public.
- Desai was noticed by some senior ministers of the Indian National Congress (INC), who gave her the ticket to contest elections in the next civic elections. She contested elections from the Balaji Nagar ward in 2012, but she lost the elections.
- The organization worked for the benefit of both men and women, but it also has a special wing specially dedicated to women. The name of this wing is Bhumata Ranragini Brigade, and it is the leading body that protested to get women the right to enter the Shani Shingnapur Temple in Maharashtra.
- In November 2015, Trupti saw the news of priests of Shani Shingnapur Temple carrying out a cleansing ritual after a woman had entered the premises. Desai was agitated to see this, and she decided to hold a protest against this practice and get women equal rights as men to worship in the temple. As the protest kept getting stronger, the state government asked the temple board to allow the entry of women to the shrine. On 8 April 2016, Trupti, along with several other women, entered the shrine of Shani Shingnapur Temple. While the movement sparked national interest, many questions were also raised on how Trupti was able to gather the finances for buses that took hundreds of women to the temple. Trupti responded to this and said-
There are social organisations such as the Chhatrapati group in Kolhapur which helped us organise buses to take women from Kolhapur and Pune to Shani Shingnapur.”
- After the success of the Shani Shingnapur movement, Trupti decided to go ahead and help women get their rights to pray in all temples. She moved to the Mahalakshmi Temple in Kolhapur, where the temple management allowed her entry to the temple to pray, but the priests opposed this decision and became violent. Trupti Desai, along with her supporters, entered the temple, where the priests attacked them to stop them from entering the temple. After the incident, five priests and two other people were arrested by the police for assaulting Trupti and her supporters. Trupti warned the authorities that if no action would be taken against the accused, she’d return to Kolhapur to file a case against the priests. She also alleged that she might get murdered in the temple premises. The Times of India
- In April 2016, Trupti Desai decided to take her right-to-pray campaign further, and she was ready to enter the Haji Ali Dargah in Mumbai. However, when she reached there, an angry set of protestors started banging on her car’s door and started shouting, asking her to go back. Desai also received an anonymous tip that there was a bounty of Rs. 1 lakh on her. Later, she decided to march towards the bungalow of former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. She was again stopped by the police, who informed her that she needed an appointment before meeting the CM.
At Haji Ali Dargah I prayed that women must be allowed to enter inner sanctum like they did before '11: Trupti Desai pic.twitter.com/DtYASmBtDu
— ANI (@ANI) May 12, 2016
- Trupti Desai made another attempt to enter the Haji Ali Dargah in May 2016 and managed to enter the mosque with security forces. However, she was not allowed to enter the inner sanctum, which is forbidden for women.
- In November 2018, Trupti Desai decided to visit the Sabarimala temple, Kerala, with other protestors of her team. The temple had legal and religious restrictions that averted women of menstruating age, i.e., from 10 to 50 years (approximately), from entering the temple since 1991. This ban was repealed by the Supreme Court of India in October 2018, and Desai decided to visit the temple. Unfortunately, Desai was blocked by a huge number of protestors, and she couldn’t even step out of the Cochin International Airport. After spending fourteen hours at the airport, she decided to head back to Pune and said that she’d come back again, but she never visited the temple again.
- In 2016, Trupti Desai appeared in the media house Blush’s original series called The Angry Goddesses. In the episode, Desai is shown leaving her house with a lathi (stick) in her hand.
- In 2019, Trupti’s father, Dattatraya Narasimha Shinde, was sentenced to prison for six months, and he was asked to pay a fine of Rs. 60 lakh. Maheshkumar J. Attal filed a complaint against Dattatraya in court, saying that he had given Dattatraya a loan in the name of Gagangiri Maharaj. After some time, Attal started asking Shinde to return the money, but he decided to not give it back. The case went on for fifteen years, and eventually, it was settled in an out-of-court settlement.
- In 2017, Trupti Desai was booked under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act for allegedly misbehaving and thrashing doctor Vijay Makasare. In his statement, Vijay said that he was going somewhere when Trupti Desai, along with her husband and few other goons, blocked his way and started thrashing him. Jansatta
- In November 2019, Trupti Desai went to Sabarimala Temple in Kerala, along with another social activist Bindu Ammini. However, in July 2020, when she was on her way to the Sabarimala Temple, a protestor attacked her with chili powder outside the police commissioner’s office in Kochi.
- In September 2016, she was approached for Bigg Boss 10, but she said that she would only participate if the voice-over for Bigg Boss would be done by a female voice. In 2021, Trupti Desai agreed to join the Bigg Boss Marathi 3, which was broadcasted on Colours Marathi. She was among the 15 contestants who have participated in the reality TV show.