SC seeks Centre’s response on entry of Muslim women into mosques

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New Delhi:  The apex court on Tuesday has sought Centre’s response on the plea seeking entry of Muslim women into mosques to offer prayers.

The highest court on Tuesday agreed to hear a petition seeking permission for Muslim women to enter mosques to offer prayers.

A bench headed by Justice S A Bobde issued notice to the Centre and asked it to respond to the plea filed by a Pune-based couple.

The couple has sought the court’s direction to declare as “illegal” and “unconstitutional” the practice of prohibiting the entry of Muslim women into mosques to offer prayers.

They cited constitutional provisions which has laid down that there should not be any discrimination against any citizen of the country on the ground of religion, race, caste, sex and place of birth.

They have said that a life of dignity and equality is the most sacrosanct fundamental right and a Muslim woman cannot be prohibited from entering a mosque.

During the hearing, the bench sought to know from the petitioners’ counsel as to whether Muslim women were allowed to enter a mosque in foreign countries.

The counsel informed the bench that Muslim women are allowed to enter a mosque at the holy Mecca and also in Canada.

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