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Bombay HC permits women inside Haji Ali Dargah, but Trust says No!

The trustees believe that it will be grievous to allow women near the tomb of the Sufi saint, that is housed within the mosque

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Mumbai, August 26, 2016: On Friday in a historic verdict, the Bombay High Court has permitted the entry of women up to the restricted area in the famous 15th-century shrine Haji Ali Dargah, that is located off the Worli seashore. A division bench of Justice VM Kanade and Justice Revati Mohite-Dhere stayed the judgment for six weeks to allow an appeal in the Supreme Court, mentioned IANS report.

The court’s ruling came on a PIL filed by NGO Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan and women activists Noorjehan Niaz and Zakia Soman and now women can enter in the inner sanctum of this Dargah. However, the trustees believe that it will be grievous to allow women near the tomb of the Sufi saint, that is housed within the mosque.

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These trustees had imposed the ban 5 years back and were taken to the court by the Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA) – a Muslim women’s rights group, who are backed by the state government, mentioned NDTV.

Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis. Image source: Wikimedia Commons
Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has expressed his views regarding the High Court’s decision. He said there is discrimination in worship and this tradition must accommodate change.

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Today, the High Court added that any restriction on women at the dargah violates the fundamental right to equality. The court order has brought relief to the countrywide campaign and efforts of women, to allow them entry to all places of worship.

In Mumbai, the Haji Ali mosque was constructed in 1431, on an islet about 500 metres from the coast, in memory of a wealthy Muslim merchant- Sayyed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, who gave up all his worldly possessions before making a pilgrimage to Mecca. The Dargah can only be reached during low tide.

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    Women should be treated equal to men, and they should be allowed to all the religious places!

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Trident-waving devotees clad in saffron filled a huge parade ground in the Indian capital under tight security, where speakers warned Prime Minister Narendra Modi they would not let up until the temple was sanctioned.

Some of Modi’s supporters feel the Hindu nationalist leader has not done enough to raise a shrine at a site in Ayodhya, a city believed by many to be the birthplace of the deity Ram.

The site was home to a medieval mosque for 460 years until Hindu zealots tore it down in 1992, kicking off riots across India that left thousands dead, most of them Muslims.

Its future has been tied up in courts for decades but some hardliners want Modi, who is seeking reelection in 2019, to push parliament to guarantee the temple by law.

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“The gathering here is telling you that Hindus won’t sit back until the temple is built, and our wishes are respected,” said Champat Rai, the leader of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) group that organized the protest.

Demonstrators chanting “Praise be to Ram” packed the Ramlila Maidan, a vast ground capable of holding more than 50,000 people, and filled the surrounding streets.

Some carried maces and tridents — weapons traditionally wielded by Hindu gods — and traveled great distances by train and bus to reach the rally.

“We have come here to protect our religion and Hindu pride. We want a temple for our Lord Ram,” Hitesh Bharadwaj, a teacher from Delhi’s satellite city Noida, told AFP.

The hardline VHP has applied pressure on Modi in recent weeks, staging a huge show of force in Ayodhya itself last month.

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The BJP was on the margins until the 1980s when its top leaders, including Modi, backed a growing movement for the construction of the Ram temple.

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The Supreme Court has delayed hearings into the disputed site but hardliners have vowed to lay a foundation stone next year regardless.

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