Haji Ali Dargah Trust agrees to allow entry of women inside sanctum sanctorum

Written by | October 24, 2016 | 0

New Delhi: The Haji Ali Dargah Trust on Monday told Supreme Court that it was ready to implement the Bombay high Court order allowing entry of women in sanctum sanctorum of the Haji Ali dargah.

The Supreme Court has granted four weeks time to implement the order of the Bombay High Court. The apex court asked the Haji Ali Dargah Trust to make the requisite infrastructural changes inside the Dargah. It means the ban on women at Haji Ali Dargah sanctum sanctorum will end after four weeks and then women will be allowed to go inside the sanctum sanctorum of the Haji Ali Dargah.

Senior advocate Gopal Subramanium, who appeared for Haji Ali Dargah Trust, said an additional affidavit has been filed on behalf of the Dargah trust saying it is willing to allow women inside the shrine. The apex court, on October 17, had extended the stay granted by Bombay High Court to facilitate an appeal against its decision to lift the ban on entry of women near the sanctum sanctorum of the Dargah in Mumbai.

Earlier, the Supreme Court had expressed hope that the Trust, which had challenged the high court judgement, “will take a stand which is progressive”. Subramanium, had also assured the bench that he was on a “progressive mission” and said all holy books and scriptures promoted equality and nothing which is regressive in character should be suggested.

he bench had also remarked that “if you are not allowing both men and women to go beyond a point, there is no problem. But if you are allowing some to go beyond a point while others are not, it is a problem.” The counsel, appearing for a women’s group which has challenged the practice of the Trust not to allow women near the sanctum sanctorum, had submitted that the position was different before 2011 than what it is today.

The Bombay High Court had, on August 26, lifted the ban on women and permitted their entry right up to the restricted ‘mazaar’ area, following a public interest litigation by Noorjehan Niaz, Zakia Soman and others.

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