The Varanasi court will decide whether the right to worship inside the city’s Gyanvapi mosque is “maintainable” or not. Gyanvapi mosque is located next to the world-renowned Kashi Viswanath temple and five Hindu women have sought the right to worship inside the mosque.
Here’re 10 Highlights Of The News
- The order on whether the case by the women to worship inside the mosque should be heard or it will cease to have any legal standing could be announced today. District judge A.K. Vishvesha will pronounce the order.
- The case was earlier heard in a lower court but was transferred to the Varanasi district court by a Supreme Court order in May.
- Keeping the complexity and sensitivity of the matter in view, the Supreme Court ordered that the civil suit before the civil judge in Varanasi should be heard before a senior and experienced judicial offer of the UP judicial service.
- The filming of the Gyanvapi mosque was done on the orders of the Varanasi Civil Court which was hearing the petition by the Hindu women who claimed that the Gyanvapi mosque had idols of Hindu gods and goddesses.
- The report on the Gyavapi mosque was to be submitted to the Varanasi Court in a sealed cover but some Hindu petitioners released its excerpts just after the filming.
- In The report a “Shivling” like structure was seen the pond used for “Wazoo” or purification rituals before Muslim prayers. The judge hearing the case ordered sealing of the pond after seeing the report.
- The Gyanvapi mosque committee challenged the filming of the centuries-old mosque in the Supreme Court.
- The petitioners said the filming was a breach of the Places of Worship Act of 1991, which maintains the religious status of any place of worship as of August 15, 1947.
- The committee argued that such petitions and sealing of mosques would lead to public mischief and communal disharmony and affect mosques across the country.
- The Hindu petitioners claimed the law didn’t apply to their petition. They also said that they could prove in the court that the mosque’s premise was a Hindu temple on the day of Independence.