Women's entry in mosques: Supreme Court issues notice to the Centre, women's panel

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WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Apr 16, 2019, 11.45 AM (IST) Jessica Taneja

The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notices to the Centre, National Commission for Women, Central Waqf Council and All India Muslim Personal Law Board on a plea seeking direction that Muslim women be allowed to enter mosques and offer prayers.

The petition, filed by Pune-based couple Yasmeen and Zubair Ahmed Peerzade, seeks direction to declare the prohibition on entry of Muslim women into mosques in the country "illegal and unconstitutional" as it violates of women's fundamental rights under Articles 14, 15, 21, 25 and 29 of the Indian Constitution.

The bench told the counsel appearing for the petitioner that it will hear the matter because of the apex court's judgment in the case involving Kerala's Sabarimala temple.

"The only reason we may hear you is because of our judgment in the Sabarimala temple case," it said.

In September last year, the court had ruled in favour of allowing menstruating women to enter the holy shrine of lord Ayyapa in Kerala's Sabarimala temple. The court will decide if right to equality can be applied to non-state actors.

 

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The petition, filed by a Pune-based couple, seeks direction to declare the prohibition on entry of Muslim women into mosques in the country "illegal and unconstitutional".