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Bombay HC allows women in inner sanctum of Haji Ali dargah

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Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Friday allowed women’s entry into Mumbai’s Haji Ali dargah and asked Maharashtra government to ensure their safety.

The court said the ban imposed on women was contrary to the fundamental rights provided in Constitution.

Zakia Soman, petitioner in the Haji Ali Dargah case, said the verdict was a great step towards justice for Muslim women.

Trupti Desai, the founder of Bhumata Ranragini Brigade, halied the HC verdict as historic decision.

The Haji Ali Dargah Trust had passed an order prohibiting women from entering the sanctum sanctorum of the dargah in 2012. Subsequently, a public interest litigation (PIL) was filed challenging the order of the Trust.

The issue gained momentum in April 2016 when more than 50 organisations and prominent personalities launched a movement, Haji Ali sabke liye, demanding women be allowed in the dargah.

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