Mumbai : On Wednesday, the Bombay High Court reserved its orders over the maintainability of a petition urging the court to ‘recall’ its April one orders wherein it had held that no law can prevent women from entering any place of worship and that it is their ‘fundamental right’ to do so.
This ruling of the court was in response to the PIL filed by an activist Vidya Bal seeking entry of women in places of worship wherein she had cited the famous Shani Shingnapur temple case.
Subsequently, a Thane-based social activist, Sunita Pal, had filed an application challenging the court’s orders. A division bench of Chief Justice DH Waghela and Justice MS Sonak on Wednesday heard the arguments of Pal who claims that the Maharashtra Hindu Places of Worship Act of 1956, which was cited by the HC during its orders on April 1, has nothing to do with gender and rather it dealt with the entry of the Dalits in the post-independence era.
The court had earlier asked the petitioner to explain the ‘maintainability’ of their application. After a series of arguments put forth by both the government and the petitioner, the HC on Wednesday reserved its orders.