Mumbai’s Haji Ali Dargah Trust to SC: Ready to give women access to sanctum sanctorum

The Supreme Court has granted the Haji Ali Dargah Trust four weeks time to make requisite infrastructural changes for granting access to women.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 25, 2016 12:31 pm
The sun sets over Haji Ali Dargah in Mumbai on (Express archive photo by Neeraj Priyadarshi) The sun sets over Haji Ali Dargah in Mumbai. (Archives/Express  Photo by Neeraj Priyadarshi)

The Haji Ali Dargah Trust on Monday told the Supreme Court that it was ready to implement the Bombay High Court order and that it will allow women inside the sanctum sanctorum of the dargah.

A bench comprising Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justices D Y Chandrachud and L Nageswara Rao granted time to the trust and disposed off its appeal against the Bombay High Court order asking it to give equal access to women also.

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Senior advocate Gopal Subramanium, appearing for the 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 Supreme Court had questioned the need for separate entry to men and women in the dargah, to which the Trust’s counsel replied that it had always been that way.  “We are concerned only about equal access to women and not in the reason as to why the trust is doing it now,” the bench said. The 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.”

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.

On August 26, the Bombay High Court lifted a ban imposed on women from entering the inner sanctum of Haji Ali Dargah in Mumbai. Noorjehan Fiaz and Zakia Soman, founders of the Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA), had petitioned the Bombay High Court against the ban, calling it unconstitutional.

The 2011 ban violates the women’s right to freedom of religion enshrined in Article 25 of the constitution. The PIL stated that gender justice is inherent in the Quran and there is no prohibition on women visiting graves.

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    Kabir
    Oct 24, 2016 at 11:44 am
    Now hindus should reciprocate by giving dalits access to sanctorum sanctorum
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      K GOPALAN
      Oct 24, 2016 at 7:40 am
      Happy ending. Kudos to Shri Gopal Subramanium.
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        M. AHMAD
        Oct 24, 2016 at 7:16 pm
        THE CHAMPIONS OF EQUALITY WHO ALWAYS COMES IN FRONT WHEN ANY MUSLIM CASE COMES IN NEWS BECOMES MUM WHEN EQUALITY QUESTION ARISES IN THEIR RELIGIOUS MATTER. WHY NOT THEY ALLOWED HARIJANS TO GO TO TEMPLE. THE CLEAR REASON IS THAT THEY DO NOT WANT HARJANS TO BE EQUAL TO THEM. EVEN THEY WANT THIS POSITION TO BE INTACT WHICH IS PREVAILING FROM 3-4 THOUSANDS BACK IN INDIA. WHEN EVER ANY HARIJAN VISIT THEIR THEY IMMEDIATELY STARTED SUDDHIKARAN OF THAT TEMPLE. THE EXAMPLE IS DEFENCE MINISTER JAGJIVAN RAM. WHEN HE VISITED HINDU UNIVERSITY IN VARANASI, THIS SUDDHIKARAN HAPPENED.
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          M. AHMAD
          Oct 24, 2016 at 7:05 pm
          WHY COURT SHOULD NOT TAKE SUE MOTO AND ALLOWED HARIJANS TO VISIT ALL TEMPLES IN INDIA.
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          1. म. ज.
            Oct 24, 2016 at 9:36 am
            “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.” right observation by H'ble Justice. No need to make any changes in structure there. The clever clergy will still show inferiority of women while praying in the durgah.
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              mohan
              Oct 24, 2016 at 8:55 am
              The is a planned one for making an easy sail for current dispute in Sabarimala related to the entry of women. Perhaps Senior advocate, GS, thinks that the verdict in Haji Ali Dargah case can maintain communal equillibrium. But in the case of Sabarimala, many women had come forward with Readytowait slogan. If lady activists still wants to desecrate the shrine, then let them go ahead
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                Niladrinath Mohanty
                Oct 24, 2016 at 2:42 pm
                Good decision. Jai Hind.
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                  Vedic_Citizen
                  Oct 24, 2016 at 11:28 pm
                  It is victory of women for equal rights !
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                    Vedic_Citizen
                    Oct 24, 2016 at 11:30 pm
                    Women should be allowed in all mosques, durgas, temples and churches
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                      Vedic_Citizen
                      Oct 24, 2016 at 11:31 pm
                      You have not read Qur'an ! It is not holy as you think
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                        t d
                        Oct 24, 2016 at 2:38 pm
                        A welcome decision by the trust. Why they went to Supreme court when Mumbai High Court already given the judgement to allow women into the Durgah. Women are equal to men in all fields and have equal rights. Women are to be allowed to move freely like men in any place of worship throughout the Country.
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                          venugopalan
                          Oct 24, 2016 at 12:03 pm
                          am wondering why supreme court interferes in such a petty matters as they have lot of pending court cases to be cleared. Even the CJI is crying for more judges to be appointed to clear the Long pending cases !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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                            Vns
                            Oct 24, 2016 at 5:33 pm
                            Hindus don't even consider visiting crematorium other than to send the departed person for his/her eternal bliss whereas the Muslims visit a graveyard to pray.. strange religion and they criticize Hindus worshipping idols.. hypocrites.
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