Women to be granted access in Haji Ali Dargah
Women to be granted access in Haji Ali Dargah:- Women will be now granted access to the sanctum sanctorum of the Haji Ali shrine, which is situated in Mumbai on par with men, the Dargah Trust has told the Supreme Court today and sought four weeks to make the requisite infrastructural changes.
A Bench which comprised of Chief Justice T. S. Thakur and Justices D Y Chandrachud and L Nageswara Rao has granted time to the trust and further disposed off its appeal against the Bombay High Court order asking it to give equal access to women also.
Senior advocate Gopal Subramanium, appearing for the Trust, said that an additional affidavit has been filed on behalf of the Dargah Trust saying that it is willing to allow women inside the shrine.
The apex court, on October 17, had also extended the stay granted by the Bombay High Court to facilitate an appeal against its decision in order to lift the ban on entry of women near the sanctum sanctorum of the Dargah in Mumbai.
High Court judgment was challenged
Earlier, the Supreme Court had also expressed hope that the Trust, which had challenged the high court judgement, “will be taking a stand which is progressive”.
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.
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 restricting others, it is a problem.”
The counsel further appearing for a women’s group which has challenged the practice of the Trust not to allow women near the sanctum sanctorum, had also submitted that the position was different before 2011 than what it is today.