Good news for activists working for a gender equitable world.
In a landmark judgment, the Bombay High Court on Friday allowed women to enter inside the sanctum of the Haji Ali dargah.
A division bench of Justice V M Kanade and Justice Revati Mohite-Dere said the ban order by the Haji Ali Dargah Trust contravenes Article 14 (equality before law within India), 15 (prohibition of discrimination on grounds of religion, caste, sex), 19 (1)(d) (to move freely throughout the territory of India) and 25 (freedom of conscience and free profession, practice and propogation of religion) of the Indian Constitution.
Zakia Soman the co founder of the Bhartiya Muslim Mahila Andolan, who was the petitioner in this case said:
We are overwhelmed. We are planning for a party. The verdict has shown the strength of our democracy. This verdict will go a long way in challenging hegemony of patriarchal forces that operate in our society.
Any improvement in status of women inside or outside religion is a step forward.