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Kerala HC dismisses Hindu outfit's plea for allowing Muslim women in mosques

Press Trust of India  |  Kochi 

The High Court Thursday dismissed a PIL filed by a Hindu group seeking entry of Muslim women into mosques for offering prayers.

A division bench comprising and Justice A K Jayasankaran Nambiar rejected the plea, observing that the petitioner was neither an aggrieved party nor were his rights affected.

Petitioner Swamy Dethathreya Sai Swaroop Nath, unit of Maha Sabha, had cited the recent order lifting the ban on entry of women of menstruating age into the in Sabarimala and sought a direction to the Centre for issuing an order enabling Muslim women to offer prayers in mosques.

He had contended that Muslim women were being 'discriminated' as they were not allowed to enter and pray in the main prayer hall of mosques in violation of Articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution (equality before law and protection of life and personal liberty).

He also said Muslim women were allowed entry in

The petitioner had also claimed imposition of a dress code like purdah (veil) for Muslim women would enable anti-social elements to misuse it and commit crimes.

This was an encroachment into the realm of personal liberty and social security, he had submitted.

On September 28, a five-judge constitution bench of the headed by had lifted the ban on entry of women of menstrual age into the famous hill

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First Published: Thu, October 11 2018. 18:00 IST