Haji Ali Dargah will have to open doors for women now
The Bombay High Court noted that the ban on the entry of women at Haji Ali Dargah goes against their fundamental rights under Articles 14, 15, 19 and 21.
The Bombay High Court On Friday ruled in favour of those seeking an end to the 2012 ban imposed by the Haji Ali Dargah Trust on the entry of women to the inner sanctum of the mosque.
After hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by numerous activists, Justice Revati Mohite Dere and Justice VM Kanade concluded that the ban on the entry of women at Haji Ali Dargah goes against their fundamental rights under Articles 14, 15, 19 and 21.
According to the Bombay High Court, the ruling can only be reversed if the members of Haji Ali Trust are able to prove through references from Quran that entrance of women into religious areas is prohibited by religion and is an Islamic practice. "This is a great step towards justice for Muslim women," one of the petitioners, Zakia Sonam, told ANI.
On the other hand, the authorities from the Haji Ali Trust opined that allowing women to go to the tomb of a male saint is a grave sin from the Islamic perspective. They have decided to challenge the HC order in the Supreme Court. Haji Rafat from the MIM told ANI: "The High Court should not have interfered but now that they have given a decision against us We will approach Supreme Court."
Along with lifting of the ban, the court also made the Trust and the state responsible for women's safety at the dargah. Although, unhappy with the ruling, members of the Trust said they would make arrangements for the same.