Prior to 2011, the dargah did not discriminate against women and allowed free entry of people across religions.
A progressive and secular stance.
Several bizarre stories pertaining to women have been making the headlines lately. The Haji Ali Dargah Trust while presenting its case in the Bombay High Court to retain the ban on women entering the sanctum sanctorum justified their stance by stating that "women wearing blouses with wide necks bend on the mazaar thus showing their breasts.” In another story, India's Culture Minister reportedly advised foreign women to not wear short skirts or go out alone at night.
Ban imposed on women is contrary to the fundamental rights of a person as provided in Constitution, says BHC.