SC issues notice to Centre on entry of women into mosques

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notice to the Centre and asked it to respond on a petition seeking permission for Muslim women to enter mosques to offer prayers.

A bench, headed by Justice SA Bobde, told the counsel appearing for the petitioners that it will hear the matter because of the apex court’s judgment in the Sabarimala temple case.

The apex court also sought a response from the Centre, the National Commission for Women, All India Muslim Personal Law Board and Central Wakf Council in this regard.

In the petition, a Pune-based couple has sought the apex court’s direction to declare as illegal and unconstitutional the practice of prohibiting the entry of Muslim women into mosques to offer prayers.

The Petitioners contended the act of prohibition of females from entering mosque was void and unconstitutional for being violative of Articles 14, 15, 21, 25 and 29 of the Constitution.

The petitioners’ counsel today informed the bench that Muslim women were allowed to enter a mosque at the holy Mecca and also in Canada.

In September last year, a five-judge constitution bench headed by then Chief Justice Dipak Misra, had allowed entry of women of all ages into the Sabarimala temple in Kerala.

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