Activist Trupti Desai set to enter Haji Ali Dargah

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Mumbai, Dec 3: After a group of around 100 women and social activists entered the inner sanctum of the Haji Ali dargah, Mumbai, on November 29, activist Trupti Desai and others are set to visit the holy place on Saturday.

"We will be entering Haji Ali today. It was a historic victory for women and I am sure there will be no problem," Trupti Desai, activist, told ANI.

Haji Ali Dargah

Desai has been in the forefront demanding the rights of women to enter various religious places, where their entry has been barred.

The entry of women into the shrine was made possible after five years and a series of legal battles and protests.

Till 2011, women worshippers were allowed access to the shrine's sanctum sanctorum, but their entry was suddenly banned by the Haji Ali Dargah management.

In 2014, Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA) petitioned the Bombay high court against the ban and, on August 26 this year, the high court lifted it.

The dargah trust challenged it in the Supreme Court. The SC upheld the order on October 26 this year.

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