Women to be granted access to the Haji Ali Dargah

The Dargah Trust told the Supreme Court today that “Women will be granted access to the sanctum sanctorum of the Haji Ali shrine in Mumbai on par with men.” The Dargah Trust also sought four weeks to make the requisite infrastructural changes, as reported by Times Now.

The High Court had allowed a PIL filed by two women, Zakia Soman and Noorjehan Niaz, from NGO Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan, challenging the ban on women’s entry into the sanctum sanctorum of the dargah from 2012.

The court had noted that the aims, objectives and activities of the Haji Ali Dargah Trust were not governed by any custom or tradition and held that it was a public charitable trust and hence, open to people all over the world, irrespective of their caste, creed or gender.

The High Court in its 56-page judgement had also noted that the “right to manage the Trust cannot override the right to practice religion itself“.

The Maharashtra government had earlier told the court that women should be barred from entering the inner sanctorum of Haji Ali Dargah only if it is so enshrined in the Quran.

 

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