Lucknow's Aishbagh Eidgah allows women to pray, earns praises from Trupti Desai
Pune, July 7: Bhumata Brigade activist Trupti Desai, who fought for the right of women to worship in the sanctum sanctorum at Shani temple in Maharashtra and Haji Ali Dargah said that she welcomed the entry of women in Lucknow's Aishbagh Eidgah.
This comes after Eidgah Aishbagh opened its doors to women to worship on the occassion of Eid-ul-Fitr. There was a separate enclosure for women from where they could offer Eid prayers.
Lucknow: Women allowed entry inside Aishbagh Eidgah, separate enclosure put in place for women to offer Eid prayers pic.twitter.com/yPFNQtpW5l— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) July 7, 2016
In a first, women allowed to offer Eid prayers from a separate dedicated enclosure in Lucknow's Aishbagh Eidgah pic.twitter.com/IYAmOQ1Gy0— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) July 7, 2016
Desai told ANI: "For the first time women were allowed to enter the mosques in Lucknow. The women are offering prayers there. It's a matter of great happiness.
We had started the movement so that the Muslim women get this right. We want equality in temples, mosques and Dargah. This is a very big change. It will be a very big historical beginning."
"The step taken by the trustees of Lucknow is a historical step. All other trustees should follow it," she added.
Desai had earlier stirred a controversy after she demanded that women be allowed to enter temples to pray after they were denied entry to Shani Shingnapur and Trimbakeshwar temples in Maharashtra.