HAJI ALI DARGAH

Alberto Ruggieri

Bare Breasts, Mini Skirts And Indian Values

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.

Indian Women Are Reclaiming Religion, And It's About Time

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.