A key moment in Varanasi

Does the 1991 Worship Places Act restrict legal efforts to claim worship rights in temples belonging to other faiths? Or, does the exemption to “ancient” sanctuaries provide ample opportunity for Hindu applicants who wish to gain access to the Jnana Mosque complex? The Varanasi District Court will discuss these two emergencies at the end of this week, with five Hindu women suing year-round for demanding unrestricted access to and veneration of Hindu deities, which they say were founded in the 17th century. The mosque. The district court on Tuesday decided to hear the petition of the Anjuman Intejamiya Mosque Committee, which operates the Jnana Mosque, seeking to dismiss the case before deciding on any application from the Hindu side.

This is an important development because the questions that make up the mosque committee’s application strike at the heart of the controversy. The pulp of his argument rests on Section 4 of the Act, which declares that the place of worship “continues as it was” on August 15, 1947 and restricts all pending and future litigation. A change in the religious nature of a place. Section 4 (2) states that any litigation or legal proceeding shall be revoked on the conversion of the religious character of any place pending before any court and no new litigation or legal proceedings shall be established. On the contrary, Hindus point to Section 4 (3) which states that the law does not apply to any places of worship that are “ancient and historical monuments” or archeological sites. They argue that the Ma Srinagar Gauri place is an archaic structure and therefore exempt from the provisions of the Act.

As this paper noted earlier, deciding on the application of the 1991 law as soon as possible is crucial to resolving the dispute quickly. The decision of the court is therefore welcome, especially as the decision affects similar disputes in Mathura. Ultimately, however, three petitions challenging the law are already pending – the Supreme Court may have to weigh in on the matter unless the government decides to take a call. Either way, the future of the places of worship suggests whether the weak compact occurred in the 1990s or India is entering a new era in which such pluralities exist, to prevent any disputes over the nature of the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babari mosque. Attempts to retrieve historical sites become the norm.

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