Kerala HC rejects plea to grant equal rights to women in mosques

Days after an CJI led bench of the Supreme Court ruled that no religion can discriminate between genders, Kerala high court struck down a petition seeking equal rights for Muslim women inside mosques. Division bench of Chief Justice Rishikesh Roy and A K J Nambiar have dismissed a petition from Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha to enable the enemy Muslim women into mosques for offering prayers. The bench said that the petitioner couldn’t establish the alleged discrimination in the mosques.

The petitioner Swamy Dethathreya Sai Swaroop Nath, the state president of Akhila Bharatha Hindu Maha Sabha, Kerala unit, has expounded that in the backdrop of Sabarimala verdict which allowed the entry of women of all ages inside the Hindu temple, Muslim women must also be given equal rights.

He stated that Muslim women are being discriminated by not allowing them to offer prayers at the main hall of the mosques. The petition further added that Muslim women are allowed inside mecca but not in Indian mosques. He also added that the imposition of a dress code like purdah for Muslim women would enable anti-social elements to misuse it and commit crimes.

“Thus, women of the Muslim community were being disgraced and discriminated against which was against Article 21 and 14 of the Constitution,” his plea said, insisting that it was an encroachment into the realm of personal liberty and social security.