New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the Akhila Bharatha Hindu Mahasabha’s plea that Muslim women should be allowed to enter mosques for offering prayers. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said: “Let a Muslim woman come and challenge it. Then we will consider.” The court was hearing a petition filed by Swamy Dethathreya Sai Swaroop Nath, the Kerala President of Akhila Bharatha Hindu Mahasabha, challenging a Kerala High Court order dismissing his plea. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us Asking the petitioner whether he is an affected person, the bench said that it did not see any merit with interfering with the high court order. It also referred to the Kerala High Court order dubbing the plea a publicity exercise. The Kerala High Court, in its order, also said: “The petition does not disclose material that would suggest that there is an established practice whereby Muslim women are being denied entry into masjids (mosques).” Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us It had also noted that the petitioner does not represent the Muslim women, whose rights are allegedly infringed through a denial of entry into a masjid. “A petition alleging violation of fundamental rights must indicate the nature of the right that is allegedly breached, the factual components of such right, as also the action that resulted in its breach,” the high court had said in its order delivered in October 2018. Advertise With Us It had also noted that there was no averment in the petition that any of the rights of Muslim women are violated. “The averments in the writ petition do not suggest that the petitioner is a person who should be ordinarily concerned with the rituals and practices of the Islamic religion and, in particular, the alleged denial of entry to Muslim women in masjids.
Supreme Court rejects plea seeking womens entry into mosques