Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Friday reversed the ban on the entry of women into the inner sanctum of the city’s famed Haji Ali Dargah. The ban was imposed in 2012 by the Haji Ali Dargah Trust (HATD) citing some religious traditions as the reason and they defended the ban by three main arguments, most of which are sexist in nature and regressive.
1. Women wearing blouses with wide necks bend on the mazaar, thus showing their breasts.
2. Safety issue: We have received complaints of eve-teasing and belongings being stolen. So for the safety and security of women from sexual harassment, the ban was imposed.
3. The trust wasn’t aware of the provisions of Shariat, ban rectifies a previous mistake.
The Haji Ali Dargah Trust’s lawyer, Shoaib Memon, contended that Islam discourages free mixing between men and women and the intention of the restriction was to keep interaction between men-women at a modest level, besides preventing sexual harassment of women and their belongings getting stolen.
But HADT could not convince the court and the judgement was given, thus lifting ban on women entering the sanctum of the Dargah. The court further asked the Maharashtra government to ensure their safety and security.