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Women's Entry To Haji Ali Inner Sanctum To Begin Soon: Report

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18/10/2016 11:10 AM IST | Updated 18/10/2016 11:37 AM IST
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A Muslim woman holds her child and stands at the Haji Ali Dargah in Mumbai, India, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012.

NEW DELHI -- The Haji Ali Dargah committee will devise a plan for allowing women into the sanctum sanctorum of the mosque, which houses Muslim Saint Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari's tomb, reported The Times of India.

"The Dargah management will devise the mode and method for allowing women into the inner sanctum," senior advocate Gopal Subramanium, who is appearing for the dargah committee, told TOI. The details are yet to be worked out.

According to the report, Subramanium informed the Supreme Court bench, headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur, that he had been able to convince the management of the apex court's "earnest desire" for a progressive and secular stance.

Earlier this year, Bombay high court had ruled that women can enter the inner sanctum of the mosque, following which the Haji Ali Dargah Trust filed an appeal in the Supreme Court, challenging the high court judgement. The apex court on 17 October stayed women's entry into the mosque after the dargah management promised to come up with a progressive stand in two weeks.

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