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PIL in HC for permitting women into Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia Dargah

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A plea has been moved in the by some female seeking directions to the Centre and other authorities to permit entry of women into the sanctum sanctorum of here.

The public interest litigation, which is likely to come up for hearing next week, has claimed that there is a notice put up outside the 'dargah' -- a shrine built over the grave of a religious figure -- clearly stating in English and Hindi that women are not allowed inside.

The law students, in their petition, have contended they made several representations to the authorities, including the Delhi Police, but no response was received and therefore, they moved the high court.

The plea, filed through Kamlesh Kumar Mishra, has sought directions to the Centre, Delhi government, police and the trust managing the shrine, to frame guidelines for ensuring the entry of women into the dargah and declare the bar on entry of females as "unconstitutional".

The petitioners, who are from Pune, have contended that when the has allowed females of all ages to go to in Kerala, women in the heart of the national capital were being discriminated against by being prohibited from entering the dargah.

According to the petition, the came to know of the bar on women's entry at the dargah when they visited the shrine on November 27 to offer prayers.

"by its very nature is a public place and prohibition of entry of anyone in a public place on the basis of gender is contrary to the framework of the Constitution of India," it said.

It also said various other shrines like Ajmer and Haji did not prohibit entry of women.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 19:15 IST