The Supreme Court today dismissed a public interest litigation petition filed by the President of the Kerala unit of the Akhil Bharath Hindu Mahasabha praying that Muslim women be allowed entry into mosques.
A Bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bosequestioned the locus of the petitioner, saying,
“Let a Muslim woman come, then we will consider.”
The petition is an appeal against an order of the Kerala High Court which had rejected the plea.
The petitioner, Swamy Dethathreya Sai Swaroop Nath, is the President of the Kerala unit of the Akhil Bharath Hindu Mahasabha. He had also prayed that the Purdha system, which requires Muslim women to cover their face, be banned.
The Bench, however, referred to the Kerala High Court order which had dubbed the plea as a publicity exercise before dismissing the plea.