Haji Ali Dargah Mumbai: HC lifts ban on women at shrine; top 5 points to note
Haji Ali Dargah Mumbai: The Bombay High Court took a crucial decision today to lift the ban on women imposed at the shrine by the management. Women were barred from the sanctum sanctorum of Haji Ali dargah by the trust. This is a big shot in the arm of women's organisations, which have been battling for equal rights and end of all discrimination as far as worship is concerned. Check out the blow by blow account: (PTI)
1. Haji Ali Dargah Mumbai: saying that the ban is against the Fundamental Rights of an individual, the Bombay High Court declared: "The ban imposed on women from entering the Haji Ali dargah is contrary to Articles 14, 15, 19 and 25 of the Constitution of India. Women should be permitted to enter the dargah on par with men."
2. Haji Ali Dargah Mumbai: The Bombay High Court division bench of Justices V M Kanade and Revati Mohite Dere added that a person is guaranteed equality before law and has the fundamental right to practice any religion he or she wants. They prohibit discrimination on grounds of religion, gender and so on, and provide freedom of conscience and free profession, practice, and propagation of religion.
3. Haji Ali Dargah Mumbai: The bench while allowing a PIL filed by Zakia Soman and Noorjehan Niaz that challenged the ban on women's entry in the sanctum sanctorum of the dargah wanted pre-emptive steps to be taken to ensure no wayward action is taken by anyone and said, "The state government and the Haji Ali Dargah Trust will have to take proper steps to ensure safety and security of women entering the dargah."
4. Haji Ali Dargah Mumbai: However, the dargah trust says it will take its challenge to the Supreme Court and following this plea the Bombay High Court has stayed its order for six weeks.
5. Haji Ali Dargah Mumbai: Zakia Soman reacted to the news by saying she was overwhelmed by the Bombay High Court decision and said, "It is a historic judgement and we welcome it whole-heartedly and we are so grateful that the Muslim women, the ordinary Muslim women have got justice. It has restored the gender justice principles as found in the Quran as well as in the Constitution of India.” As per the PIL, in Quran, gender justice is very much inherent and the ban imposed by the trust contravenes the Hadith. However, The Haji Ali Dargah trust said that Quran refers to the point that allowing women to come close to the dargah of a male saint is a sin.
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