Delhi HC to hear plea seeking entry of women in Nizamuddin Dargah

Delhi HC to hear plea seeking entry of women in Nizamuddin Dargah

New Delhi: Delhi High Court will hear a plea seeking the entry of women into the sanctum sanctorum of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia shrine in New Delhi on December 10.

The plea was filed on Thursday by a group of women law students from Pune requesting the Centre and other authorities to remove the ban on the entry of women in the Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia shrine.

The petition claimed that the law students tried to reach out to authorities over the matter, including the Delhi Police but decided to move the court after not receiving any response.

In their plea the women contended that Nizamuddin Dargah is a public place and prohibiting women from entering into a shrine is gender discrimination and thus highly unconstitutional.

The plea further cited the example of two major Muslim shrines – Haji Ali Dargah in Mumbai and Khwaja Moinuddin Dargah in Ajmer – which don’t restrict the entry of women.