India’s Supreme Court considers women into Mosques
The consideration by the supreme court is seeking to overturn a centuries-old practice that largely bars women from the places of worship.
Women are not allowed inside most mosques in India although a few have separate entrances for women to go into segregated areas.
The petitioners, Yasmeen Peerzade and her husband Zuber Peerzade, said that women were allowed to enter mosques during the time of the Prophet Mohammad.
“Like men, women also have the constitutional rights to offer worship according to their belief,” they said in their petition.
“There should not be any gender discrimination and allow Muslim women to pray in all mosques,” they said.
The court in 2018 lifted a ban on the entry of women of menstrual age at a Hindu temple in southern India, saying it was a violation of their right to worship.
The Muslim couple referred to the temple ruling, which angered conservative Hindus, as a precedent to support their call for women to be allowed to pray at mosques.
A representative of a prominent organisation of Islamic scholars, the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, was not immediately available for comment.
The petition comes at a sensitive time for relations been minority Muslims and the majority Hindu community.
Some members of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist ruling party have been accused of stirring communal animosity as the party seeks a second term in a staggered general election now underway.
Supreme Court judge Sharad Bobde said the court would examine the couple’s request at length.
Bobde is a former Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court.
He is also serving as the Chancellor of Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai and Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur.
He is due to retire on 23 April 2021
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