Women seek right to worship deities inside Kashi mosque | India News - Times of India

Women seek right to worship deities inside Kashi mosque | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: A Varanasi court on Wednesday sought response from the UP government, Gyanvapi mosque management committee and Kashi Vishwanath temple trust on a suit filed by five Hindu women seeking restoration of worship rights of goddess and other deities inside the old temple complex, which was allegedly converted into a mosque during Mughal rule.
Varanasi senior civil judge Ravi Kumar Diwakar sought responses of the city district magistrate and commissioner of police on the suit filed by the women led by Rakhi Singh, who through advocates Hari Shankar Jain and Vishnu Shankar Jain argued that the devotees had an indefeasible right to worship the “visible and invisible deities” inside the old Kashi Vishwanath Temple complex, which was allegedly damaged by Mughals during the reign of Aurangzeb.
Jain submitted the defendants should be barred from interfering in the “plaintiffs’ fundamental religious rights in decorating idols of Goddess Gauri, Lord Ganesha, Lord Hanuman, in the worship of Nandi Ji in the temple, and not to damage those idols by issuing a temporary injunction”.
The judge said, “In the present case, UP has been made a defendant by the plaintiffs. Therefore, it is necessary to hear the defendant. The plaintiffs should plead for notice on the defendants within three days. Put up for resolution of objections on September 10”
Jain also said the plaintiffs have filed an application urging the court to call for “on the spot inspection report” from an advocate-commissioner.

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