After temples, Trupti Desai to fight for women’s entry in Mumbai’s Haji Ali dargah on April 28

Mumbai: After leading a successful campaign seeking entry of women in Shani Shingnapur Temple in Ahmednagar and Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple in Nashik, Bhumata Brigade president Trupti Desai will now spearhead a forum to enter the iconic Haji Ali Dargah in Mumbai.

More than 20 outfits, NGOs and human right activists on Wednesday announced formation of ‘Haji Ali Sabke Liye’ to peacefully campaign against the ban on entry of women into the interiors of the 15th century Sufi shrine, located on a small islet in the Arabian Sea and visited by hundreds of people everyday.

A “peaceful movement” will be launched at Haji Ali on April 28.

A group of people briefly disrupted the announcement, saying the move was against the Sharia.

Notably, the Bombay High Court is hearing a petition challenging the Haji Ali Trust’s decision to ban the entry of women into the sanctum of the shrine.

Trupti Desai said fighting for women’s right was part of her mission and she would proactively take part in this movement too.

The forum is planning to launch a similar movement to demand entry into other religious places where such a ban is in place.