In a landmark verdict, the Bombay High Court on Friday allowed women to enter Mumbai’s Haji Ali dargah and asked Maharashtra government to ensure their safety.
The High Court division bench of Justice Vidyasagar Kanade and Justice Revati Mohite-Dere said that the ban imposed on women is contrary to the fundamental rights of a person as provided in Constitution.
Speaking to reporters, Trupti Desai, the founder of Bhumata Ranragini Brigade, hailed the HC verdict and called it a "historic decision".
In April 2016, Desai led a movement Haji Ali sabke liye which saw the participation of several organistions, demanding women be allowed in the dargah, following which the issue received the much needed momentum.
In 2012, the Haji Ali Dargah Trust had imposed a ban which restricted women’s entry inside the inner sanctum which houses the mazaar or tomb of the saint. The public interest litigation (PIL) urging the court to lift the ban was filed by an NGO Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan and activists Noorjehan Niaz and Zakia Soman in November 2014.