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Mumbai Police stops Trupti Desai from entering Haji Ali Dargah

After scoring victory for women’s right to enter Shani Shingnapur and Trimbakeshwar temples, Bhumata Brigade chief Trupti Desai will on Thursday try to enter the core area of Haji Ali Dargah in Mumbai where women are not allowed.

AIMIM’s Haji Rafat Hussain on Thursday threatened to smear black ink on activist Trupti Desai if she attempts to enter Mumbai’s Haji Ali Dargah. Hussain told ANI that Desai was attempting to disturb the prevailing ambiance with her ulterior motive, adding that the Mumbai Police should take note of the same and stop her.

“We are of the opinion that whatever work Desai ji has done for the temple that’s okay, but I feel that the Muslims would not tolerate if she raises fingers at them,” he said.

The Haji Ali Dargah does not allow women to enter the inner chamber. Only men are allowed to go inside the Haji Ali Mazar and pray. This ban came into force in 2011.

“We haven’t acted in haste, matter is subjudice in court since 2012. We are demanding equal rights for women…Today is the first day of our movement, so we’ll go till the point women are allowed and offer prayers,” said Trupti Desai.

The ‘Haji Ali Sab Ke Liye Forum’ sing songs and shout slogans of equality waiting for Trupti Desai. The sloganeering is under tight police security and barricade where no one from the oppositions are allowed inside.
Police doesn’t allow Trupti Desai to get down from her car at the main entrance of Haji Ali Dargah, reports ANI.

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