Women can enter inner sanctum of Haji Ali Dargah: Bombay HC

However, the high court decision has been put on hold for six months as the shrine trust will appeal to the apex court

geetanjali

Geetanjali Minhas | August 26, 2016 | Mumbai


#Haji Ali Dargah   #Trupti Desai   #Sabrimala Temple   #Mumbai   #Bombay high court  


Women now have the right to enter the inner sanctum of Haji Ali Dargah in Mumbai, the Bombay high court said on Friday. However, the women cannot enter the shrine as per the orders of the high court as of now. The shrine trust will appeal to the supreme court and hence the order has been stayed for six weeks.

The division bench of Justice VM Kanade and Justice Revati Mohite Dere held that the ban was violating Articles 14, 15 and 25 of the constitution. The court also directed the state to ensure safety of the respondents and women entering the Dargah.

The PIL filed by Zakia Soman and Noorjehan Niaz against the restriction on the entry of women was first mentioned before Chief Justice Mohit  Shah on November 7, 2014.

Earlier when the  bench headed by Justice VM Kanade had suggested for an amicable solution and the  Dargah Trust was asked to consider allowing women to enter the mazaar, the trust had unanimously held that the “entry of women in the close vicinity of a male saint was a grievous sin”.

When the state was asked to give its opinion the then Advocate General Shreehari Aney had said that the role of the state is defined by its duty to make sure that law is equally applied. “If we look at Article 26, the Dargah committee cannot say that according to our interpretation of our religion, preventing entry of women inside the sanctum sanctorum is tantamount to law.”

When Justice Kanade enquired whether the court should take a view in this matter, Aney replied, “If something is there in the constitution that is difficult to apply then which court but this can take a view. It will be avoiding an issue if you do not take a view.”

 

Comments

 

Other News

70 words that define India, why Doklam stand-off won’t lead to a war, and more

As India celebrates 70 years of freedom, Governance Now looks back and picks 70 words – or phrases, buzzwords, slogans, events – that best define this ancient nation and young democracy. Here, you will find much to be proud of, much tinged with pangs of nostalgia. Then there are entries that

A dose of PPP in healthcare is what the doctor recommends

Dr Kenneth E Thorpe, a professor of health policy and management at Emory University in the US and also the executive director of Partnership to Fight Chronic Diseases (PFCD), says that the government alone cannot do everything. “They don’t have the resources and capacity. So we have to fin

EESL signs MoU with oil companies for energy saving appliances

Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture company of PSUs of ministry of power, signed an agreement with oil marketing companies (OMCs) of ministry of petroleum and natural gas for distribution of energy efficient appliances under the flagship Unnat Jeevan by Affordable LEDs and applianc

Jammu airport’s upgraded terminal building inaugurated

Union minister for civil aviation, P Ashok Gajapathi Raju inaugurated the upgraded passenger terminal building of Jammu airport.   Notably, Jammu airport belongs to the Indian Air Force, and airports authority of India (AAI) maintains a civil enclave for civil aircraft operat

Election Commission shows it has spine

The election commission has become increasingly assertive in the past few months, showing its mettle in times of electoral challenges.   Weeks after rooting from EVMs and just days after the poll panel declared votes cast by two rebel Congress legislators in the Rajya Sabha e

Is Amit Shah`s blueprint for 350-plus seats in 2019 Lok Sabha elections achievable?

Is Amit Shah`s blueprint for 350-plus seats in 2019 Lok Sabha elections achievable?



Video

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter