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Prior to 2011, the dargah did not discriminate against women and allowed free entry of people across religions.
Equality before all else.
NEW DELHI -- Women will be granted access to the sanctum sanctorum of the Haji Ali shrine in Mumbai on par with men, the Dargah Trust told the Supreme Court today and sought four weeks to make the req...
A progressive and secular stance.
It sounds contradictory. A liberal outlook is often associated with a kind of wimpery that seeks to create a neutral space where regressive, traditional, reform and liberal traditions and views co-exi...
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.
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Whether it's a bikini or a burkini, we continue to be reduced to mere objects who carry the burden of expectations on their shoulders. We don't dress for ourselves but for others and the reactions our clothing may evoke in them.
'I'm not a feminist, I'm an activist.'
Ban imposed on women is contrary to the fundamental rights of a person as provided in Constitution, says BHC.
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Some may dub Trupti Desai's symbolic entry to the Haji Ali Dargah, Mumbai, and her attempt to enter the Shani Shingnapur temple, as a well-thought-out publicity stunt to further her political goals. Yet one has to give her and her organization Bhumata Ranragini Brigade due credit for their gumption to take on religious leaders and organizations, and for challenging regressive traditions that prevent women from entering the sanctum sanctorum of places of worship.
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MUMBAI -- Rights activist Trupti Desai today entered Mumbai's Haji Ali Dargah to offer prayers amid tight security, saying her struggle was for gender equality. "At the Dargah, I prayed that women be...
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After her successful right-to-pray campaign centred around the Shani Shingnapur and Trimbakeshwar temples in Maharashtra, Trupti Desai of the Bhumata Ranragini Brigade was all set to enter the Haji Al...
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MUMBAI -- With Bhumata Brigade chief Trupti Desai set to enter the iconic Haji Ali Dargah, Shiv Sena leader Haji Arafat on Saturday said he would not allow her to touch the mazar-e-sharif. "Islam does...
After her successful right-to-pray campaign, centred around the Shani Shingnapur and Trimbakeshwar temples in Maharashtra, Trupti Desai of the Bhumata Ranragini Brigade has now launched a movement to...