India's Supreme Court considers call to open mosques to women

Petitioners say that women were allowed to enter mosques during the time of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)


Reuters April 16, 2019
In this file photo, Muslims offer Eidul Azha prayers at the Jama Masjid (Grand Mosque) in the old quarters of Delhi. PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW DELHI: India's Supreme Court agreed on Tuesday to consider a petition from a Muslim couple to allow women into mosques, seeking to overturn a centuries-old practice that largely bars women from the places of worship.

Women are not allowed inside most mosques in India although a few have separate entrances for women to go into segregated areas.

The petitioners, Yasmeen Peerzade and her husband Zuber
Peerzade, said that women were allowed to enter mosques during
the time of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

"Like men, women also have the constitutional rights to offer prayers according to their belief," they said in their petition. "There should not be any gender discrimination and allow Muslim women to pray in all mosques," they said.

The court last year lifted a ban on the entry of women of
menstrual age at a Hindu temple in southern India, saying it was
a violation of their right to worship.

The Muslim couple referred to the temple ruling, which angered conservative Hindus, as a precedent to support their call for women to be allowed to pray at mosques.

Some members of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist ruling party have been accused of stirring communal animosity as the party seeks a second term in a staggered general election now underway.

Supreme Court judge SA Bobde said the court will examine the couple's request at length.

The court in 2017 ruled as unconstitutional a law which allows Muslim men to divorce their wives simply by uttering the word "talaq", which means divorce in Arabic, three times.

This year, the government issued an executive order making
instant divorce an offence punishable with up to three years in
jail.

COMMENTS (2)

RK Singh | 2 years ago | Reply @Bunny Rabbit: " Should they not focus more on girl child education , health or at least one square meal a day"...these are the responsibilities of Government. Not feminists. Their job is entirely different.
Bunny Rabbit | 2 years ago | Reply I am not able to understand this " feminism " . Is it enough if religious places are open to women . Are all the women's problems solved this way ?Should they not focus more on girl child education , health or at least one square meal a day .
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