Mumbai: In the recent update to the controversy of right to pray, the Haji Ali Dargah Trust finally told the Supreme Court (SC) that it would allow women to enter the inner sanctum of the shrine from now on. But there is slight twist to the permission. 
 
As per a report that was published by Sunday Guardian, though women will be allowed inside the shrine, neither men nor women will be allowed to touch the tomb. As per the additional affidavit that was submitted by the trust before the SC, said it is going to construct a restricted area around the tomb called “mujawar area”.
 
Vinaya Despande while speaking to NewsX said, “The decision forwarded by the Dargah trust raises two questions weather this is victory or defeat for women’s right to equality. Since they do not allow women to touch the tomb they have now come up with the idea that they will now not allow men to touch it. The whole petition was filed to ensure that women have unrestricted rights to pray.”
 
Feroze Mithiborwala, a social activist from Mumbai said, “This shows the extent to which the conservative Muslim clergy can go to prevent women from entering the inner sanctum of the Dargah. It is laughable and pitiful but they have violated the court order. Both men and women should unite together to fight for the right to pray.”
 
Earlier in 2012, both men and women were allowed to enter inside the sanctum sanctorum of the shrine. 
 
 
 
First Published | 30 October 2016 2:09 PM
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