SC won't interfere with Bombay HC order allowing women into inner sanctum of Haji Ali Dargah

The trust had earlier said that entry of women in close vicinity of a male saint was a sin

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New Delhi, Oct 24: The Supreme Court on Monday said that it will not interfere with the order of the Bombay High Court which had permitted the entry of women into the sanctum sanatorium of the Haji Ali Dargah at Mumbai. The Supreme Court passed this order after recording the submissions made by the Haji Ali Dargah Trust.

On the last date of hearing, the SC had stayed the Bombay High Court order while directing the trust to do some secular introspection and come up with a progressive stand on women's entry into the Dargah.

Women can enter Haji Ali in two weeks

The trust on Monday told the Supreme Court that it had decided to give women access to the sanctum sanatorium which houses the Saint's tomb.The access route for women to the inner sanctum of the Haji Ali Dargah will be ready in two weeks, the trust also told the court.

Further it also submitted that equality of men and women doing 'Ibadaat' is prescribed in the holy books. While recording these submissions, the Supreme Court said that it would not interfere with the verdict of the Bombay High Court.

Also read: Bombay HC permits women inside Haji Ali dargah

In June 2012, the Haji Ali banned the entry of women till the mazar. Two years later a petition was filed challenging this decision by the trust. The trust told the Bombay High Court that entry of women in close vicinity of a male saint is a sin.

In August, the High Court allowed the entry of women into the Dargah.

The court had observed that the ban order by the Trust contravened Article 14 (equality before law), 15 (prohibition of discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth) and 25 (freedom of conscience and free profession, practice and propagation of religion) of the Constitution.

The court further observed that the Trust cannot enforce a ban contrary to the fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution.

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