Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

India's Supreme Court ruled that women have the right to enter a Hindu Temple in the Indian state of Kerala. Since the ruling back in September, traditionalists have blocked women from entering. But last week, two women got through which resulted in violent protests. Angry Hindu traditionalists blocked traffic and waved black flags outside government offices. The protests are making international news. The issue is instructive insightful in a couple of areas regarding gender equity and religious freedom. Traditional Hindus argue that it's not a women's rights issue since there are some Hindu temples that don't permit men to enter. There's also a religious liberty component where religious sects determine their own rules. In this country we respect religious freedom, but in India as you can see, it's quite a different story.