Will grant access to women on par with men: Haji Ali Dargah Trust reports SC

Bombay High Court, Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan, Noorjehan Fiaz, Zakia Soman, Dargah Trust, central sanctum , entrance to women , Haji Ali Dargah, Supreme Court,
Bombay High Court, Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan, Noorjehan Fiaz, Zakia Soman, Dargah Trust, central sanctum , entrance to women , Haji Ali Dargah, Supreme Court,

The Haji Ali Dargah Trust on Monday notified the Supreme Court that it will impart entrance to women on par with men, into the central sanctum of the dargah.

Earlier, the Supreme court has granted four weeks time to Dargah Trust to make essential infrastructural developments for giving passage to women.

The apex court had on October 7 continued the hold on the entry of women in dargah till October 17 after the dargah management announced that it would come out with a liberal stand in two weeks.

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On August 26, the Bombay High Court continued that the ban imposed by the Trust, preventing women from accessing the sanctorum of the Haji Ali Dargah.

Noorjehan Fiaz and Zakia Soman, founders of the Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA), had appealed to the Bombay High Court against the ban, declaring it unconstitutional. Prior to 2011, the dargah did not discriminate against women and permitted free entry of people across religions. On March 2011, the dargah’s board of trustees inflicted a ban on women’s entrance inside the dargah, calling it a “grievous sin”.

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The High Court stated that the Trust doesn’t have the authority to alter or modify the method of religious practices of any individual. The High Court in its 56-page judgment has also remarked that the “right to manage the Trust cannot override the right to practice religion itself”.

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