Indian court docket decides to listen to case of Hindu ladies who wish to worship in mosque

Regardless of objections from Muslims, a court docket in India has agreed to listen to a lawsuit filed by Hindu ladies demanding that they worship in a mosque they declare was as soon as a Hindu temple.

Positioned in Varanasi, a holy metropolis for Hindus, the Gyanvapi Mosque has grow to be the newest place within the nation the place tensions between Hindus and Muslims have risen.

Within the nation with a inhabitants of 1.4 billion, Hindus make up the bulk, whereas the proportion of Muslims is round 13 p.c. Though the issues between the 2 communities have been skilled since independence in 1947, they’ve grow to be extra seen in recent times.

The mosque committee requested the Varanasi district choose in Uttar Pradesh state to drop the request from 5 Hindu ladies. The committee emphasised that the mosque was constructed some 600 years in the past and has been a spot of worship for Muslims ever since.

The Hindu candidates, however, state that the historical past of the Hindu temple in that space goes again a lot additional and that some artifacts are nonetheless there. Choose Ajay Krishna Vishvesha acknowledged that the Muslim aspect didn’t make enough excuses and ordered the case to be heard on September 22.

Earlier than the choice, the safety forces took intensive measures to forestall any incidents across the court docket. In a case in 2019, the court docket once more determined to permit Hindus to worship in a controversial space.

In 1992, after a sixteenth century mosque was demolished by crowds and a Hindu temple was constructed as a substitute, round 2,000 individuals, principally Muslims, misplaced their lives.

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