The Supreme Court will hear on Tuesday a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking permission for Muslim women to enter and offer namaz inside mosques. A bench headed by Justice SA Bobde issued notice to the Centre and asked it to respond to the plea.
The plea was filed by a Muslim couple who asked the apex court to declare the prohibition on entry of women inside mosques in the country as illegal and unconstitutional as it violated the fundamental rights guaranteed under the Constitution.
A bench, headed by Justice SA Bobde, told the counsel appearing for the petitioners that it will hear the matter because of the apex court’s judgment in the Sabarimala temple case. In September last year, a five-judge constitution bench headed by then Chief Justice Dipak Misra, had allowed entry of women of all ages into the Sabarimala temple in Kerala. It had said, the ban amounted to gender discrimination.
The counsel informed the bench that Muslim women were allowed to enter a mosque at the holy Mecca and also in Canada and added that the mosques in India were enjoying the benefits and grant extended to them by the State.