New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday stayed the entry of women in Haji Ali Dargah after the board said that it will come out with progressive stand in two weeks.
The next hearing in the case will be held on October 17.
The apex court had agreed to hear the appeal filed by Haji Ali Dargah Trust challenging the Bombay High Court order lifting the ban on women from entering the sanctum sanctorum of the renowned Muslim shrine in Mumbai. The matter was mentioned by the trust before a bench headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur.
On August 26, the Bombay High Court had lifted a ban imposed on women from entering the inner sanctum of the dargah. Noorjehan Fiaz and Zakia Soman, founders of Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan had petitioned the Bombay HC against the ban, calling it unconstitutional.
The High Court had held that the ban imposed by the Dargah Trust, prohibiting women from entering the sanctum sanctorum of the Haji Ali Dargah, contravened Articles 14, 15 and 25 of the Constitution and said women should be permitted to enter the sanctum sanctorum like men. It had held that the trust had no power to alter or modify the mode or manner of religious practices of any individual or any group. The court had also refused to accept the justification of the trust that the ban was imposed for safety and security of the women, in particular, to prevent sexual harassment of women at places of worship. The trust had claimed that the ban was in keeping with an order of the Supreme Court wherein stringent directions have been issued to ensure that there is no sexual harassment to women at places of worship.
Meanwhile, the Maharashtra government had earlier told the court that women should be barred from entering the inner Sanctorum of Haji Ali Dargah only if it is so enshrined in the Quran.