Trustees of the Haji Ali dargah, who met on Monday evening, could not come to a conclusion on whether they should file an appeal against the Bombay high court’s verdict of lifting the ban on women from entering the dargah’s sanctum. Trustees said they need to seek opinion of religious leaders.
On August 26, the Bombay high court gave the shrine trust six weeks to implement the order. During this time, the trust could file an appeal in the Supreme Court against the high court’s decision.
“Many religious leaders will come to Mumbai next Friday. Any decision before it seems quite unlikely,” said Suhail Khandwani, one of the seven trustee members of the Haji Ali dargah. “Consulting religious leaders and legal experts is crucial before deciding anything,” he added.
Meanwhile, Noorjehan Niaz of the Bhartiya Muslim Mahila Andolan , who spearheaded the campaign to allow women in the inner sanctum of the dargah, had told HT they will have no option but to wait for the Supreme Court’s verdict, in case the Haji Ali trust decides to appeal.
“We have been fighting this battle for two years now. Filing an appeal with the Supreme Court is a natural course of action. We too would have filed an appeal if the verdict was not in our favor. We will wait for their decision,” Naiz had said.