Mumbai High court has given verdict in favour of women. Now women can enter the inner sanctum sanctorum of the Haji Ali Dargah. But this rule is not applied immediately as Haji Ali Dargah trust has 6 weeks stay to appeal in supreme court for the same issue. Now Haji Ali Dargah Trust is planning to go on appeal before the Supreme Court.
The court verdict is for litigation petition filed by Dr. Noorjehan Safia Niaz and Zakia Soman, they are co-founders of the Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan, in November 2014.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has also supported BMMA against discrimination in worship and said tradition must accommodate change.
Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan or BMMA (‘Indian Muslim Women’s Movement’) is an autonomous, secular, rights-based mass organization led by Muslim women which fights for the citizenship rights of the Muslims in India.The BMMA was formed in January 2007. The organisation is based in Mumbai.
The BMMA has 30,000 members in 15 states, over the past six years.
BMMA conducted a Study of Muslim women’s views on reforms in Muslim personal law— ‘Seeking Justice Within the Family’ across 10 states that revealed that an overwhelming 82% of the over 4,000 women who were surveyed had no property in their name and that 78% were home makers with no income of their own. The BMMA has demanded a ban on the practice of ‘Triple Talaq’. It released a draft on June 23, 2014, ‘Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act’ recommending that polygamy be made illegal in Muslim Personal Law of India.