Mumbai, Jan 28: Amid the ongoing controversy surrounding entry of female devotees in sanctum sanctorum of Shani Shingnapur temple, the Muslim women in Mumbai have also initiated protest targeting the authorities of Haji Ali Dargah. The protesters, linked to Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan, have demanded the Dargah clergy and authorities to uplift the regressive ban prohibiting women from entering the holiest spot of the shrine.

The protesters were heard raising slogans against the authorities of shrine, accusing them of maintaining patriarchy in the name of religion. “The one who attempts to suppress woman cannot be a human. He is a devil. Such men have no right to stop us from entering inside the mazaar (sanctum sanctorum),” said one of the agitators. (ALSO READ: Women raid at Shani Shingnapur temple: India’s neo-feminists ready to challenge religious patriarchy)

Earlier, the Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan had filed a petition in the Bombay High Court challenging the restriction imposed by Dargah authorities since 2012. They have claimed that Sufi Islam which has its roots in India does not advocate such gender discrimination. It is due to the Wahhabist influence that the Dargah committee is acting in such as regressive manner.

However, the bench has refrained from taking the final call on the case and has told petitioners to wait till the Supreme Court releases its final verdict on a similar petition filed on behalf of female devotees of Kerala’s Sabarimala.