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SC stays women’s entry in Haji Ali Dargah till October 17

Earlier, the Bombay High Court ruled in favour of those seeking an end to the 2012 ban imposed by the Haji Ali Dargah Trust on the entry of women

Continuing with the interim order of the Bombay High Court, the Supreme Court on Friday stayed the entry of women in Haji Ali Dargah till October 17, after the dargah management said that it would come out with a progressive stand in two weeks.

Earlier, the Bombay High Court 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.

However, the court had also put the operation of its verdict on hold, allowing the Haji Ali Trust to approach the Supreme Court.

On Friday, hearing the appeal filed by the Haji Ali Dargah Trust, the court said troubles are created when at a place, men are allowed and women are not, media reports revealed.

Haji Ali Dargah came into the lime light after Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA), had petitioned the Bombay High Court against the ban, claiming it unconstitutional. The dargah’s board of trustees had imposed the ban on women’s entry, calling it a grievous sin from the Islamic perspective.

Petitioners argued the ban violates the women’s right to freedom of religion enshrined in Article 25 of the Indian Constitution.

Meanwhile, responding to the SC verdict, women’s rights activist and Bhumata Ranragini Brigade chief Trupti Desai said she believes that SC will give a verdict in favour of women.

Trupti Desai was quoted by INA as saying: “I have full trust in the judiciary and the Constitution. I firmly believe that the Supreme Court will retain the High Court’s order and give a verdict in the favour of women.”

The apex court is expected to hear the matter next on October 17.

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