Muslim women’s mosque entry: Supreme Court seeks Centre’s reply

New Delhi: Considering a petition from a Muslim couple to allow women into mosques, India’s Supreme Court agreed on Tuesday to examine the couple’s request at length.

Saying that women also have the constitutional rights to offer worship according to their belief as men, Yasmeen Peerzade and her husband Zuber Peerzade, in their petition, said that women were allowed to enter mosques during the time of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). They stated that there should not be any gender discrimination and allow Muslim women to pray in all mosques.

The Muslim couple referred to the temple ruling, in which the court last year had 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.

According to Reuters, 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.

The bench then issued the formal notices to the Centre and the two organisations and asked them to respond after citing the Sabarimala judgment.