Two days after Bombay High Court lifted the ban on women's entry in the sanctum sanctorum of Haji Ali Dargah, activist Trupti Desai on Sunday visited the shrine and offered a 'chadar'. She further announced that now she would fight for women's right to pray at Sabarimala temple.
"Last time, when we came to Dargah, we prayed for the verdict of the high court on our side. Since our prayer was heard and fulfilled, we came here to seek the blessings of Haji Ali Baba and offered him a 'chadar'," Desai told reporters.
The shrine is located on an islet off the coast of Worli in Mumbai and one of the most recognisable landmarks of the city. The Indo-Islamic architectural structure contains the tomb of Sayed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari.
Thanking the people of the country, including Muslims, for their support, Desai requested the Dargah's trust to not move the Supreme Court against the HC's judgment. The activist is confident that the apex court would rule in women's favour if such a step was taken.
"I request the trustees with folded hands to follow the verdict of the high court and not go to the Supreme Court to challenge the order as this was in favour of the all the women in the country.
"If the trustees prefer to knock on the Supreme Court's door, then nothing is going to change because the apex court too would uphold the constitutional right of the women and I am fully confident about it," she said.
In a landmark judgement, the Bombay High Court had on Friday lifted the ban imposed on women from entering the sanctum sanctorum of Haji Ali Dargah here, saying it contravenes fundamental rights and that the trust has no right to prohibit women's entry.