Muslim activist lodges case against Trupti

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A Muslim activist Imraan Khan has asked Mumbai police to file a case against social activist Trupti Desai for allegedly disturbing peace and promoting enmity between different groups.

According to the Tardeo police, activist Khan (33) approached them on Sunday “Khan stated that Desai should be booked on charges of disturbing the internal peace of the country, promoting enmity between different groups on the grounds of religion and acting deliberately to outrage religious feelings by insulting religious beliefs,” said a police officer.

Trupti Desai had recently tried to barge into the famed Haji Ali Dargah, a Muslim mausoleum which does not allow women to enter its inner areas. However, at the last minute, she withdrew in the face of protests and a police cordon around the area.

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Trupti Desai is leader of the Bhumata Brigade, an activist organization in state of Maharashtra dedicated to fighting injustice against women and corruption. They are well known for their protests against the banning of women from worship at places of worship, including Shani Shingnapur temple in Ahmednagar, Maharsthra, and the Haji Ali Dargah in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Founded in 2010 in Pune, India, by 2016 they reportedly have 4,000 members, including some men.

Imraan Khan said: “Desai belongs to another community and she does not understand the sentiments, rules and beliefs of the people who belong to the Islamic community. She is insisting that ladies be allowed into the central sanctum of the mosque, which is not allowed in Islam.”

“Desai is deliberately and purposely disturbing the religious environment of our country. Her constant interference in our religious matters with a motive to bring about change is evoking anger amongst our community members,” Khan charged.

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Khan said he had also submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and commissioner of police DD Padsalgikar, to look into his complaint.

Trupti Desai Desai has fought for election on the Congress Party ticket in the past. She has been courting controversy over her attempts to force entry into some Hindu temples, where women were traditionally not allowed to enter the sanctum sanctorums. She successfully marched into the Shani Singapur Temple recently and performed an aarti at the inner sanctum, debunking a 400-year-old custom. – CINEWS

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