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Women law students file PIL with Delhi High Court seeking women’s entry in Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah


As Sabarimala temple row in Kerala continues to simmer over the Supreme Court verdict that allowed women of all ages to enter the Lord Ayyappa shrine, women law students in the meantime, have filed a plea with the Delhi High Court seeking directions to the Centre and other authorities to allow the entry of women into the sanctum sanctorum of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia Dargah in Delhi.

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The PIL claims that a notice put up outside the dargah states that women are not allowed inside. The PIL is likely to come up for hearing next week.

As these law students were in Delhi to visit the Nizamuddin dargah but found out that it did not permit them to enter the main shrine.

In the PIL it is mentioned that the law students tried to reach out to authorities over the matter, including the Delhi Police but they failed to receive any response from any one them, thus they moved the high court.

The plea was filed by Kamlesh Kumar Mishra, has sought directions to the Centre, Delhi government, police and the trust managing the Nizamuddin shrine, to frame guidelines that can ensure the entry of women into the dargah. He has declared this bar on entry of women as ‘unconstitutional’.

Citing the Supreme Court verdict on Sabarimala temple, the Pune-based law students said that women in the national capital were being discriminated against, as they are not allowed to enter the dargah.

The petition said, “Nizamuddin Dargah by its very nature is a public place and prohibition of entry of anyone in a public place on the basis of gender is contrary to the framework of the Constitution of India.”

The plea also pointed out that various other shrines like Haji Ali Dargah and Ajmer Sharif Dargah did not prohibit entry of women.

Jeetu was in the village on the day of the violence and went back to Kashmir the same evening.

Police sources say there are other videos in which the same man is present and part of the mob.

At Jeetu’s village, his mother told NDTV the police vandalised their home when they came looking for him on Wednesday. She claimed that her son was in Kargil.


The mother said she did not believe her son had killed inspector Singh. “If he is the one who has killed the inspector then he deserves to be punished,” she said.

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