Women’s entry in Haji Ali Dargah
Recently, the Bombay high court delivered an important judgment on the issue of women’s entry in Haji Ali Dargah. Women were allowed to go into it for prayer and worship, but in 2012 the trustee board of the Haji Ali Dargah banned their entry, against which women’s organization filed a petition. Now Muslim clerics and religious leaders are protesting against the order and terming it as un-Islamic.
Nowadays, it has become a fashion to involve judiciary in every social, religious, political and economic issue. One every small matter, people file petition in court and seek its help. They do not realize that judiciary is a very august body. It should not be disturbed by filing frivolous PILs. And when the court issues some directives, the politicians who claim to be self styled flag bearers of religion and culture refuse to obey its orders and thus become guilty of contempt of court as it happened on the issue of Dahi Handi on the occasion of Janmashtmi. Earlier there was great upheaval when the court allowed women’s right to enter Tryambkeshwar temple and Shani Shingnapur temple. After much protest, women were allowed only symbolic entry and worship.
Why do Hindu as well as Muslim religious leaders unite when there is question of women’s religious and social rights? This shows their regressive mental setup which is not prepared to recognize that women are equal partners in life and God loves both men and women as they both are His children. Real religious preachers like Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, Ramkrishna Paramhans, Swami Vivekanad, and Mahatma Gandhi always believed in equality. They worked hard for women’s rights and emancipation. But these self styled religious leaders are not ready to recognize their social and religious rights. They are still living in the medieval world in which women were regarded as commodity, not as personality and equal partners in progress and development.
The government should ignore such obstructive elements and should ensure the implementation of due to judiciary’s progressive directives and judgments. We should have to get rid of the traditions and customs that are against the tenets of our constitution which is based on the principles of humanity and rationality.