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Muslim couple moves Supreme Court seeking women’s entry into mosques

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday sought response from the Centre, Central Waqf Council and the All India Muslim Personal Law Board on a plea seeking the entry of women in mosques.

A bench of Justices S.A. Bobde and S. Abdul Nazeer asked if Right to Equality guaranteed under Article 14 of the Constitution could be invoked by an individual against another.
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In a series of posers, the court inquired about the prevailing practices on the entry of women in mosques abroad.

The court said that it would examine the issue in the light of it’s verdict in the Sabarimala case where the entry of women in the age group of 10 to 50 years was allowed.

As lawyer Ashutosh Dube appearing for the petitioner Yasmeen Zuber Ahmed Peerzade said that women are permitted in Mecca, Justice Nazeer said that the congregation of men and women are separate.

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‘Love jihad’: Samajwadi Party to oppose law in UP Assembly, here’s why

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A day after Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel signed the ordinance on forced religious conversions, the Samajwadi Party announced that it will oppose the ‘love jihad’ law when it comes up in the Assembly next month.

Samajwadi Party (SP)President Akhilesh Yadav said his party is not in favour of such a law and will oppose it strongly.

“On one hand, the government offers Rs 50,000 to those opting for inter-caste and inter-religion marriages, and on the other, they have brought this law. We will ask the government to bring a law which guarantees doubling of farmers’ income instead,” he said.

The SP chief accused the BJP government of planning to sell a government-owned shopping mall worth Rs 1,000 crore to a private entity at throwaway prices. He further added that an expressway was also being sold in a similar fashion.

“This will be probed when time comes. We will expose the corruption this government is indulging in,” he said.

Akhilesh further said it is ironic that the government talks of zero tolerance for corruption but, in an international survey, the country has figured on the top of the list of nations where bribery is most prevalent.

Reacting to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s announcement of setting up 10,000 MW solar power units, Yadav said, “He does not know anything about a solar panel. During the SP government, we had set up a solar power unit. The unit produced enough power to meet the needs of an entire village, but this government snapped the supply saying the villagers have not paid bills.”

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