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 seek entry of women into the core area of the Haji Ali Dargah in Mumbai.
According to PTI, over 20 outfits, NGOs and human right activists announced formation of the 'Haji Ali Sabke Liye' campaign against the ban on entry of women into the interiors of the 15th century Sufi shrine.
"We shall launch the agitation at the Haji Ali shrine on 28 April. However, we are ready to discuss the issue with its trustees," Desai told the media, adding that they would start with a 'peaceful protest'.
(File photo of Trupti Desai trying to enter the Shani Shingnapur temple in Maharashtra)
Among the petitioners, Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA), founded in 2007, has filled a public interest litigation (PIL) in the Bombay High Court seeking entry of women into the inner sanctum of the dargah, reported The Asian Age.
In fact, Desai is urging more and more Muslim women to join the movement.
"We are accused of harbouring political motives... But we are living in the 21st century. It is about time we change in this scientific era. A handful of individuals cannot stop us,” she said during a press conference in Mumbai.
The Quint reported that Haji Ali Dargah Trust is justifying the prevailing custom on the grounds that allowing women up to the tomb of the Pir would be against Islam.
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