For Noorjehan Safia Niaz, co-convenor of the Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA), the battle started four years back. On Friday, when the Bombay High Court (HC) revived the ways to the sanctum sanctorum of the Haji Ali Dargah to ladies, her first response was: "We are happy to the point bursting. We are extremely content with the request. We applaud the legal for maintaining protected qualities." Then, she included: "We didn't expect it (to come today), however."
Presently, it's story time. "Around June 2012, when we went to the Dargah, we discovered this board ladies are not permitted. Just a year prior to, I had been inside. We chose to raise the issue," she said. It was difficult. The main move was to begin a mark battle. Also, BMMA did a study on what number of Dargahs permitted ladies inside the sanctum sanctorum and drew closer different individuals and associations before beginning the battle.
Of the 19 city Dargahs they examined, the BMMA found that exclusive seven, including Haji Ali, did not permit ladies into their sancta sanctorum. Among those whom they met were individuals from the state minority commission, express ladies' bonus and the clergyman for minorities undertakings. "None in the commission or service was willing to take up the issue.
We attempted to approach the trustees, yet they too did not talk. There was a divider… we needed to go past that, and we had no alternative than to approach the court," said Niaz. The BMMA sees the HC decision as a request that won't simply help Muslim ladies however ladies on the loose. "Access to holy places is no more a range of separation. Individuals will reconsider after this request.
That is an awesome triumph for us," said Niaz. Zakia Soman, co-convenor of BMMA, who had prior faulted chosen agents, was all here's to you. "It is verifiable. The court has conceded our supplication and we will be permitted the way we were permitted till 2011. All Indians who trust in uniformity and are majority rule minded will welcome this judgment.
It is a jump forward regarding equity and balance. It is a judgment that will motivate all who look for equity," she said. Khatoon Shaikh, another individual from BMMA, said that the court has given six weeks for offer, after which it will need to give assurance to ladies to entering the sanctum sanctorum. "We are given six weeks' chance and after that they will permit us.
The other party is prone to approach the SC. We will keep our confidence in the SC, and, similar to the HC, we will approach them." Sohail Khandwani, trustee, Haji Ali Dargah Trust, said: "We have not got the duplicate of the court request. We need to see the thinking of the request. We need to see the content. We have a leading group of seven trustees.
Trustees and legal counselors and religious pioneers, on the off chance that it includes religious suppositions, will meet." Advocate Rizwan Merchant, another trustee, said: "We are not giving any reaction now. We will hold a question and answer session tomorrow."