Trupti Desai enters Haji Ali dargah, serves 15-day ultimatum to trustees to allow women

Mumbai: Bhumata Brigade leader Trupti Desai on Thursday visited the Haji Ali dargah in Mumbai and left after offering prayers. Ms Desai entered the shrine along with other female devotees in line with proper procedure and stopped just short of the inner sanctum, as is the custom for women at the dargah.

Activist Trupti Desai after entering and parying at the Haji Ali dargah in Mumbai on Thursday. “I prayed that women must be allowed to enter inner sanctum like they did before 2011,” she said.

Senior Mumbai Police officials said that Ms Desai contacted them on Wednesday and informed them that she should be visiting the dargah on Thursday morning. As opposed to the last time she tried to enter the dargah on April 28, when she was accompanied by a large group of supporters, she only had three members of her Brigade with her this time.

“Ms Desai visited the dargah at around 6:00 am on Thursday and left after offering prayers. There is already security at the dargah and we also deployed some extra personnel,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Deven Bharti.

Her earlier bid on April 28, 2016 to enter the Worli shrine, where women are not allowed inside, was thwarted by the Shiv Sena, Samajwadi Party and the Owaisis-led All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen.

“Today I entered Haji Ali Dargah. I went till the point where women were allowed to go & offered prayers,” news agency ANI quoted Trupti Desai as saying in its tweet. “At Haji Ali Dargah I prayed that women must be allowed to enter inner sanctum like they did before ’11,” she was quoted as saying in another tweet.

“We saw where we are allowed till & where men go till inside Dargah, in 15 days trustees should allow women in else we will protest,” she said.

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WATCH Trupti Desai & Bhumata Brigade members entering Haji Ali Dargah (Mumbai) today morning.


(With inputs from Agencies)