Times Headline Staff. 26th Aug 2016
The Bombay high court granted acces to women and struck down on Friday a ban on the entry of women into the inner sanctorum of the Haji Ali Dargah. The judgement is considered landmark as at many religious places women are still banned from entering.
The court said the ban on women’s entry violated fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution and was against Article 14 (equality before law), Article 15 (no discrimination on sex, gender, religion etc) and Article 21 (right to life and liberty).
The court directed the Haji Ali trust to grant access inside the shrine to “women at par with men.”
The decision by a bench of justices VM Kanade and Revati Mohite-Dere came on a petition by a Muslim women’s foundation.