In a landmark victory for the female worshippers who are barred to enter several holy places in India, the Haji Ali Dargah Trust on Monday told the Supreme Court that the dargah will grant access to women at par with men very soon.
“Women will be treated at par with men,” the Haji Ali trust told the apex court, two months after the Bombay high court struck down a ban on women’s entry into shrine’s inner sanctum. The trust had challenged the verdict in court.
The Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA) had filed a petition in the Bombay high court in August 2014 when women were stopped from entering the inner sanctum — which houses the tomb. They said that were no such restriction till 2011. In August, the high court asked the shrine to allow unrestricted entry to women, following which the dargah trust filed an appeal in the Supreme Court against the HC order.