Haji Ali entry: SC agrees to hear appeal against Bombay HC verdict

Till 2011, there were no restrictions on the entry of women into the holy shrine.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 25, 2016 12:33 pm
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A day after the Haji Ali Dargah Trust approached the Supreme Court challenging the High Court’s decision to allow women in the internal portion of the dargah, the apex court has agreed to hear its appeal. The date of hearing has now been set for October 7.

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In August this year, the Bombay High Court had lifted the ban imposed on women from entering the inner sanctum of the Haji Ali Dargah. The decision came after Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA) founders Noorjehan Fiaz and Zakia Soman had petitioned against the ban in the high court on the grounds that the ban was unconstitutional. This was accompanied by protests across Mumbai by Muslim women for lifting of the ban.

Till 2011, the shrine did not discriminate against women. But in March 2011, a ban on women’s entry was placed on the grounds that Islam forbids women to be in close proximity of a male Muslim saint’s grave.

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  1. K
    Oct 4, 2016 at 7:42 am
    There should be a separate bench in Supreme Court for listing of such irrelevant issues so that long pending cases dont get dela
    1. R
      Oct 4, 2016 at 8:27 am
      If Muslim women are not allowed to go to Muslim Fakir Saints as " Islam forbids women to be in close proximity of a male Muslim saint’s grave" .Can Some Muslim Maulvi explain how all there so called saints were born . Muslim say it is Alla who tells them to rape other religion women but their own women cannot enter these useless places .What the shi8 religious rules