Mumbai HC allows women in inner sanctum of Haji Ali; Dargah Trust to Challenge in SC

Haji Ali Dargah

In a benchmark judgement, the Mumbai High court gives the right to women to enter the inner sanctum of the Haji Ali dargah.

However, the order is not implemented just yet. On the other, side the trust of Haji Ali dargah wants to appeal the Mumbai high court decision in Supreme court. Meanwhile, the verdict is suspended or put on hold for six weeks.

A division bench of Justice V M Kanade and Justice Revati Mohite-Dere said “The ban order by the Haji Ali Dargah Trust contravenes Article 14 (equality before law within India), 15 (prohibition of discrimination on grounds of religion, caste, sex), 19 (1)(d) (to move freely throughout the territory of India) and 25 (freedom of conscience and free profession, practice and propagation of religion) of the Indian Constitution”.

It was a long believe of the trustees of Haji Ali that it would be “a grievous sin” for women to be allowed near the tomb of the Sufi saint housed within the mosque.

The ban was imposed around five years and the case were taken by the Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA) – a Muslim women’s rights group.

Devendra Fadnavis, Mumbai Chief minister said that “tradition must accommodate change”.
Any restriction on women at the dargah violates fundamental right to equality said by the mumbai high court.

The landmark order by the Mumbai high court starts a new revolution all over the nation which allowed entry to all places of worship. Earlier, Trupti Desai one of social reformer fight for the women to get the right to full access of Maharashtra’s famous Shani Shignapur temple, dedicated to Saturn or Shani. After the order, Trupti Desai also shares her happiness and said that “This is an historic decision, we welcome the HC order, big win for women”

Earlier, a petition was also lodged with the Supreme Court demanding access for women to the Sabarimala temple in Kerala.

Wefornews bureau

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