NEW DELHI — A bid by a saffron outfit apparently to divert the mass movement around the Sabarimala temple issue failed on Thursday as the Kerala High Court dismissed a petition filed by Akhila Bharat Hindu Mahasabha.
The Hindutva outfit had sought directive to the Central government for issuing an order enabling Muslim women to enter mosques for offering prayers.
“A division bench of Chief Justice Rishikesh Roy and AKJ Nambiar observed that the petitioner failed to establish that there’s denial of women’s entry to Kerala mosques,” says a report in LiveLaw.in.
The outfit had invoked the recent Supreme Court order allowing entry of women of all age groups into the Sabarimala temple to strengthen its point that Muslim women devotees should also be allowed in mosques for prayers along with men.
The petition was filed by Swamy Dethathreya Sai Swaroop Nath, Kerala state president of Mahasabha.
Since the apex court order about the entry of women to the Sabarimala temple, there has been massive protest demonstration, especially by women, across the state.
As for Muslim women’s entry to mosques, there is no ban in Islam. Several mosques, particularly big mosques in India have seat arrangements for women also.