Court Rejects Demand Of Hindu Organisation Allowing Muslim Women Into Mosque

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New Delhi: Kerala High Court dismissed a petition by a right-wing Hindu organisation seeking entry of Muslim women in mosques even as a Muslim reformist outfit announced its plan to move the apex court on the issue.

A division bench of Chief Justice Rishikesh Roy and Justice AK Jayakrishnan Nambiar rejected the plea by Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha state president Swamy Sai Swaroopnath, saying he has failed to produce enough evidence to show Muslim women were being denied entry in mosques.

Swaroopnath contended that in the context of the recent Supreme Court verdict allowing women of all ages into the hilltop Sabarimala temple, where women aged between 10 to 50 were earlier not allowed entry, Muslim women should also be allowed to pray in all mosques.

Contending Muslim women were forced to be veiled from head to foot so as to prevent others from seeing them, which was a move to segregate and degrade them, he said they were thus discriminated against, in violation of Articles 21 and 14 of the constitution.

However, the court dismissed the plea saying the petitioner failed to produce enough evidence to show women were being denied entry in mosques. It also observed that the verdict on Sabarimala will not be applicable in the present petition, noting that if Muslim women feel they were discriminated against, they are free to move the court.

Meanwhile, Nisa, a north Kerala-based Muslim reformist forum, said it will move the Supreme Court next week, demanding women be allowed to offer prayers in all mosques and they be allowed to become imams also. Nisa president VP Zuhra, who was one of the petitioners in the triple talaq judgment, said her organization was in touch with like-minded people and move the Supreme Court next week.

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