October 24, 2016

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Long-drawn-out Struggle of Muslim Women ended today

Women will be allowed access inside Haji Ali's inner sanctum within a month

The Haji Ali trust which was earlier not soughed on the justification to lift the ban on the entry of women in the Haji Ali’s inner sanctum moved to the apex court for lifting the ban on women’s entry.

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The high court has allowed a PIL fied by two muslim women Zakia Soman and Noorjehan Niaz, from NGO Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan, demanding the stay on the ban on women's entry into the sanctum sanctorum of the dargah from 2012.
The high court said the trust has no right or authority to prescribe any form or manner of religious practices for any group.

Previously trust has given justification for the safety and security of women. The court has also observed that the Haji Ali dargah Trust is an independent entity and therefore open for all irrespective of their caste, gender and creed.

In August 2016, Soman, one of the co-founders of (BMMA), had told Firstpost in August that the Dargah trustees should sincerely accept the high court order and implement it properly since women were previously allowed to enter the Dargah till 2011 and the trust have no authority to ban on the women’s entry.

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.”

Further the Supreme court has asked the ANI to report on whether the implementation of Bombay HC order would be implemented within four weeks or not.

Soman also stated that the SC verdict also lay down a benchmark for moral victory of women who just want equality as India citizen.

"The court's ruling proves that in India, the judiciary stand by the women in terms of granting them equality and dignity," Soman said. 


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