Fri, May 26, 2017 | updated 04:52 PM IST

Haji Ali Trust moves SC against Bombay HC order allowing entry to women

Updated: Oct 03, 2016 17:16 IST      
Haji Ali Trust moves SC against Bombay HC order allowing entry to women
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Oct. 3 (ANI): Haji Ali Dargah Trust has approached the Supreme Court, challenging the Bombay High Court which had allowed women in the internal portion of the dargah.

On August 26, the Bombay High Court lifted the ban imposed on women from entering the inner sanctum of Mumbai's Haji Ali Dargah

Noorjehan Fiaz and Zakia Soman, founders of Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA), had petitioned the Bombay High Court against the ban calling it unconstitutional.

The 2011 ban violates the women's right to freedom of religion enshrined in Article 25 of the constitution.

The PIL stated that gender justice is inherent in the Quran, and there is no prohibition on women visiting graves.

Prior to 2011, the Dargah did not discriminate against women and allowed free entry of people across religions. On March 2011, the Dargah's board of trustees imposed a ban on women's entry, calling it a "grievous sin". It is a sin as per Islam for women to be in close proximity of a male Muslim saint's grave.

On Jul 10, 2015, Bench headed by Justice VM Kanade sets aside previous order framing eight questions by an earlier bench of HC on maintainability and decided to hear PIL on merits.

Earlier this year, Muslim women across Mumbai staged protests to lift the ban against women's entry in the Dargah. They demanded that women should be allowed to pray in the sanctum of the famous shrine, but the clerics called their demands "un-Islamic". (ANI)

'Supergill' KPS Gill passes away at 82

Updated: May 26, 2017 16:52 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 26 (ANI): Former Punjab director general of police (DGP) K.P.S. Gill passed away at the age of 82 due to cardiac arrhythmia at the Sri Ganga Ram Hospital here on Friday.

Full Story >>

PM Modi introduces food scheme 'Sampada'

Updated: May 26, 2017 16:46 IST     

Guwahati (Assam) [India] May 26 (ANI): With the completion of three years in power today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday introduced a food processing scheme, 'Sampada', adding the agriculture sector of India needs to be modernized for the economic growth.

Full Story >>

Akhilesh Yadav corners Yogi Govt. over Saharanpur clash

Updated: May 26, 2017 16:45 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 26 (ANI): Hitting out at the government over the Saharanpur incident, former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), that pitched for Diwali and Ramzaan; Shamshan and Kabristaan during the recent concluded state assembly polls, is sole responsible for the violence in the state.

Full Story >>

Will choose a secular presidential candidate: Mamta Banerjee

Updated: May 26, 2017 16:42 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 26 (ANI): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee on Friday said that the opposition's presidential candidate would be credible and secular one based on consensus.

Full Story >>

Indian Army can rape, abduct women: CPM leader Balakrishnan

Updated: May 26, 2017 16:42 IST     

Kannur (Kerala) [India], May 26 (ANI): Communist Party of India (Marxist) Kerala secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has courted a controversy saying that the Indian Army could rape and abduct women if given additional powers.

Full Story >>

Court of Inquiry to probe Sukhoi-30 mishap

Updated: May 26, 2017 16:39 IST     

Tezpur (Assam) [India], May 26 (ANI): A Court of Inquiry will investigate the cause of the accident of a Indian Air Force (IAF) Sukhoi-30 MKI jet that went missing with two pilots onboard four days ago.

Full Story >>

Crime on the rise under BJP

Updated: May 26, 2017 16:29 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 26 (ANI): Samajwaadi Party (SP) leader Ram Gopal Yadav on Friday asserted that crime is on the rise in Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's government.

Full Story >>

J-K: Two bodies along with weapons recovered in Uri

Updated: May 26, 2017 16:27 IST     

Uri (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], May 26 (ANI): After foiling an infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri Sector, the Indian Army on Friday recovered two bodies along with weapons including one AK 47 rifles and one pistol.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], May 26 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will undertake a four-nation tour of Germany, Spain, Russia and France beginning May 29 with an aim to bolster counter-terrorism cooperation with these countries and invite investments in India.

Full Story >>

Srinagar (J&K) [India], May 26 (ANI): Taking a dig at Bollywood actor Anupam Kher for criticising his recent meeting with Hurriyat leaders, Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar on Friday welcomed his disapproval saying that the former lives in a mansion in Bombay and had not visited Kashmir to take stock of the situation for decades.

Full Story >>

Indian Army neutralises two Pak BAT terrorists in Uri sector

Updated: May 26, 2017 15:46 IST     

Uri (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], May 26 (ANI): Foiling a major infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri sector here today, the Indian Army has gunned down two Border Action Team (BAT) terrorists.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], May 26 (ANI): After being denied permission to visit riot-hit Saharanpur, the Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi vented his ire on the Centre while saying that latter is adopting the policy of 'divide and distract' as they have failed to deliver their promises.

Full Story >>

Congress simply can't stand BJP's success: Centre

Updated: May 26, 2017 15:32 IST     

Nagpur (Maharashtra), May 26 (ANI): The Centre on Friday slammed the Congress party for criticising the NDA government on the completion of three years, saying that the grand old party is jealous of the popularity and success of their dispensation.

Full Story >>

Saharanpur (Uttar Pradesh), May 26 (ANI): With Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi being denied permission to visit Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh tomorrow, Uttar Pradesh ADG Law and Order Aditya Mishra has requested all political parties to steer clear of the violence-hit area until the situation returns to normal.

Full Story >>

Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India] May 26 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh (UP) Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday lauded the completion of three-year of the Narendra Modi government, saying the Prime Minister as a global leader is taking India towards new heights.

Full Story >>

Lawyer seeks SC's intervention in Saharanpur violence

Updated: May 26, 2017 15:14 IST     

Saharanpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India] May 26 (ANI): Following the recent communal clashes in Saharanpur, lawyer Sanobar Ali Qureshi on Friday filed the petition in the apex court seeking its intervention and a direction to the Uttar Pradesh Government to constitute a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to investigate the matter under the supervision of a sitting judge of the High Court.

Full Story >>

UP: Minor raped in Barabanki, two held

Updated: May 26, 2017 14:57 IST     

Barabanki (Uttar Pradesh) [India], May 26 (ANI): A 12-year-old girl was allegedly raped in Uttar Pradesh's Barabanki district.

Full Story >>

Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah 'dozes off' during press conference

Updated: May 26, 2017 14:54 IST     

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], May 26 (ANI): Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah appeared to have drifted to sleep during a press conference in Bengaluru on Friday.

Full Story >>

Rahul Gandhi to visit Saharanpur tomorrow

Updated: May 26, 2017 14:49 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 26 (ANI): Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi will visit Saharanpur tomorrow to take stock of the prevailing situation, where a caste conflict had erupted in April and many Dalits were allegedly targeted.

Full Story >>

Rahul Gandhi denied permission to visit Saharanpur

Updated: May 26, 2017 14:49 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 26 (ANI): Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has been denied permission to visit Saharanpur, where a caste conflict had erupted in which many Dalits were allegedly targeted.

Full Story >>