News By/Courtesy: Ayush Garg | 21 May 2020 23:56pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • This petition states that the ban on the entry of women is 'unconstitutional' and violates the right to equality and the principle of gender justice
  • The bench has agreed to hear a petition filed to repeal the fatwa for Muslim women not entering mosques.
  • petition has been filed by a Muslim couple living in Pune, stating that no one should be discriminated against based on religion, caste, caste, sex or place of birth

The Supreme Court, while hearing a petition seeking the entry of women into mosques across the country, has sought answers from the central government. This petition states that the ban on the entry of women is 'unconstitutional' and violates the right to equality and the principle of gender justice. The bench has agreed to hear a petition filed to repeal the fatwa for Muslim women not entering mosques.
A three-member bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justice AS Bopanna, and Justice Hrishikesh Rai agreed to hear the case, disregarding the edict issued to prevent women from entering mosques. While hearing through video conferencing, the bench has also sought notice to the Minister of Minority Affairs, National Commission for Women, and All India Personal Law Board besides the Center.
This petition has been filed by a Muslim couple living in Pune, stating that no one should be discriminated against based on religion, caste, caste, sex or place of birth. The petition said that it is very unfortunate that no political party or the chief minister of the state has raised the issue of Muslim women entering the mosques while these mosques are funded by the public tax.
The petition alleged that the legislature has failed to ensure the dignity and rights of women, especially Muslim women. The petition said that this constitutional goal has not yet been achieved despite the observations of the apex court on achieving the goal of the Uniform Civil Code in the country.
The prohibition of Muslim women entering the mosque is a violation of the fundamental right to equality, life, and religious freedom, ie Articles 14,15,21,25 and 29 of the Constitution. The court should give proper orders regarding the right of Muslim women to live life respectfully.
The petition states, “There is no such gender discrimination to offer worship in Mecca, the holy city in Western Saudi Arabia and the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad, where both men and women together circle the Kaaba.”
The petition also pointed out that SC had held while allowing entry of women to Sabarimala temple, that “Religion cannot be used as cover to deny rights of worship to women and it is also against human dignity. Prohibition on women is due to non-religious reasons and it is a grim shadow of discrimination going on for centuries.”

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 22 May 2020 20:03pm IST


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