Nizamuddin shrine women entry row: Court seeks govt response

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday issued notices to the Central government, Delhi government and the Nizamuddin Dargah administration to respond to the plea seeking women’s entry into the sanctum sanctorum of the shrine in New Delhi.

A division bench headed by Chief Justice of Delhi Rajendra Menon, Justice V Kameshwar Rao said that it would wait for Sabarimala review verdict before hearing the case and has now slated the matter for hearing on April 11.

The plea was filed on Thursday by a group of women law students from Pune requesting the Centre and other authorities to remove the ban on the entry of women in the Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia shrine.

The petition claimed that the law students tried to reach out to authorities over the matter, including the Delhi Police but decided to move the court after not receiving any response.

In their plea the women contended that Nizamuddin Dargah is a public place and prohibiting women from entering into a shrine is gender discrimination and thus highly unconstitutional.

The plea further cited the example of two major Muslim shrines – Haji Ali Dargah in Mumbai and Khwaja Moinuddin Dargah in Ajmer – which don’t restrict the entry of women.