Trupti Desai enters Haji Ali Dargah in Mumbai; says happy that no one objected us

After the Bombay High Court's decision to lift the ban on women's entry, Bhumata Brigade activist Trupti Desai visited the Haji Ali Dargah on Sunday. 

Updated: Aug 28, 2016, 15:21 PM IST
Trupti Desai enters Haji Ali Dargah in Mumbai; says happy that no one objected us

Mumbai: After the Bombay High Court's decision to lift the ban on women's entry, Bhumata Brigade activist Trupti Desai visited the Haji Ali Dargah on Sunday. 

Desai, who visited the dargah with the women rights activists today, said, "We are really happy that no one objected us from entering Haji Ali Dargah. In fact, there were so many Muslim women, who supported us on the decision."

"I request trustees to respect Bombay High Court order. Even if they go to the Supreme Court, we will win. Women should be treated equally," Desai said.

"Our protest is not against any religion. Our next stop will be Sabrimala temple in Kerala," she added further.

In a major victory for women, the Bombay High Court had on Friday lifted the ban imposed on women from entering the sanctum sanctorum of the dargah. 

'Women are allowed in inner sanctum', the Bombay High Court said in its ruling, while directing the state government to give necessary protection to the respondents.

The high court passed its order on the plea filed by a women's group challenging the ban on entry of women inside the inner sanctorum of the Haji Ali Dargah.

The plea was filed on June 28. The order was passed by the division bench of justices VM Kanade and Revati Mohite Dhere who had reserved its order a few months ago.

The Haji Ali Dargah Trust imposed the ban in 2012 citing religious traditions. Authorities then defended the ban, saying that the entry of women in close proximity to the tomb of a male saint would be seen as a grievous sin in Islam.