13/04/2017 10:53 AM IST | Updated 13/04/2017 10:55 AM IST

Supreme Court To Hear Petition On Entry Of Women Inside Haji Ali Dargah

Before 2011, people of all genders and religions were free to enter the dargah.

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NEW DELHI -- The Supreme Court on Thursday will hear the petition of Haji Ali Dargah in connection with entry of women in its sanctorum.

The Supreme Court last year on December 1 extended the stay granted by the Bombay High Court to facilitate an appeal against its decision to lift the ban on entry of women near the sanctum sanctorum of the famous Haji Ali Dargah till October 24.

Prior to 2011, the dargah did not discriminate against women and allowed free entry of people across religions. However, in March 2011, the dargah's board of trustees imposed a ban on women's entry calling it a "grievous sin".

On October 24, the Haji Ali Dargah Trust had told the Supreme Court that it was ready to implement the Bombay High Court's order to allow women's enter to the sanctum sanctorum of the shrine located in South Mumbai and had sought four weeks for infrastructural changes to make arrangements for it.

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