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The Bombay High Court allowed the entry of women into the inner sanctum of the Haji Ali dargah in Mumbai in a ruling on FridayAfter women were allowed entry into the inner sanctum of the Haji Ali dargah in Mumbai, a kin of the family of priests at Sabarimala temple in Kerala has promised support for the plea of the Haji Ali Trust in Supreme Court. The Bombay High Court, in a landmark ruling on Friday, allowed entry of women into the inner sanctum of the centuries-old shrine in Mumbai. The Haji Ali Trust, which manages the dargah, said it will appeal to the Supreme Court against the High Court order.
“Sabarimala Devotees will help #HajiAli to fight the case in Supreme Court,” tweeted Rahul Easwar, an activist who belongs to the family of priests at Sabarimala temple. The shrine dedicated to Lord Ayyappa atop a hill in Kerala does not allow the entry of women of menstrual age. The temple management has tied the rule to essential religious practices and traditions, along with the belief that the presiding deity, Lord Ayyappa, is a ‘perennial celibate’ (Naishtika Brahmachari).
Easwar argued on Twitter saying freedom of faith should not be interfered ‘beyond a Lakshman Rekha.’ The activist, who appears on television panels supporting the Sabarimala management’s decision to disallow entry of women of menstrual age, claimed the movement is a ‘clever script’ and a ‘game plan.’
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A PIL filed against the unofficial ban in Sabarimala is pending in the Supreme Court. The top court had observed in April this year that any religious practice banning the entry of women will have to pass the test of constitutionality. The state government, which manages the temple, had told the court that beliefs and customs of devotees cannot be changed through a judicial process.