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Bombay HC lifted the ban on women’s entry in the inner sanctum of Haji Ali dargah

The Bombay High Court allowed women’s entry in Mumbai’s Haji Ali dargah saying women should be permitted in the dargah along with men and Maharashtra government should ensure their safety. on Friday, A Bench of VM Kanade and Revati Mohite Dere said the ban on the entry of women was violative of articles 14 (Equality before law), 15 (which prohibits discrimination based on religious lines) 19 (ensures certain freedoms) and 21 ( protection of personal life and liberty), According to Indian Express.

The decision comes after a PIL challenging the ban stated that gender justice is inherent in the Quran, and the decision contravenes the Hadith, which proves that there is no prohibition on women visiting graves. During the last hearing, The advocate general of Maharashtra, Shrihari Aney, had said women have an “unfettered” right to worship and that no trust or organisation must attempt to infringe upon such a Right.

The dargah trust defended its stand, saying it was referred in the Quran that allowing women inside the dargah of a male saint was a grievous sin. Advocate Shoaib Memon said, “Women are not allowed inside mosques in Saudi Arabia. They are given a separate place to pray. We (trust) have not barred women. It is simply regulated for their safety. The trust not only administers the dargah but also manages the affairs of the religion.”

Bombay HC has said that women will be allowed entry into the inner sanctum of the Haji Ali Dargah along with men.

Soon after the verdict, Bhumata Brigade chief Trupti Desai said it is a historic decision. “This is a historic decision, we welcome the High Court order, it is a big win for women.” Women were banned from entering the revered Haji Ali Dargah since June 2012. In November 2014, the Bhartiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA) challenged the ban and took the Haji Ali trust to court.

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