In Quran there is no prohibition on women visiting graves, pleaded the Petitioner.
Today, Haji Ali Dargah Trust told Supreme Court that it is ready to implement Bombay High Court order and thus it would allow women inside the sanctum sanctorum of the dargah.
Apex Court Bench comprising Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justice L Nageswara Rao has granted time to the trust and has disposed off its appeal against Bombay High Court order asking it to give equal access to the women also.
Senior Advocate Gopal Subramanium, appearing on behalf of the trust, said an additional affidavit has been filed on behalf of the Dargah trust saying that it is willing to allow women inside the shrine.
Supreme Court had questioned the need of separate entry to men and women in the dargah, to which the Trust’s Counsel replied that it had always been that way.
Supreme Court enunciated that,“We are concerned about equal access to the women, if you are not allowing men and women to go beyond a point, then there is no problem”.
”But if you are allowing some to go beyond a point while others are not, it is a problem.”
The 2011 ban violates the Women’s Right to Freedom of Religion enshrined under Article 25, Constitution of India.
The PIL had stated that gender justice is inherent in the Quran and there is no prohibition on women visiting graves.