Mumbai: A group led by the Bhumata Ranragini Brigade activist Trupti Desai, after offering prayers at the Haji Ali Dargah on Sunday, said that she was really happy that no one objected them from entering Haji Ali Dargah and so many Muslim women supported them.
Earlier in the day, Desai, before offering her prayers in the Haji Ali Dargah, had hoped for no interruption by the administration.
"Last time, when we had gone to the Haji Ali Dargah, we prayed for the verdict of the high court to be on our side. We have won there. We have got the blessings of Haji Ali Baba like we had got the blessings of God Shani. We will offer the holy 'chadar' there and take blessings,"
Activist Trupti Desai has been for a long time was fighting for equal rights for women to offer prayers in those places where women were being stopped earlier. Desai with the support of others managed to break the gender bias and gained full access to the Shani Shingnapur temple in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra.
The Bombay High Court had, on Friday, lifted the ban imposed on women from entering the sanctum sanctorum of the dargah.
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.
The trust had claimed that separate arrangements have been made for women to walk up to a certain point from where they can offer prayers.
The ban is contrary to Articles 14, 15, 19 and 25 of the Constitution of India.
Really happy that no one objected us from entering Haji Ali Dargah, so many Muslim women supported us: Trupti desai pic.twitter.com/qWeABJSaOc
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(With inputs from ANI)