The Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind recently filed an application to the Supreme Court asking to content a plea filed by the Vishwa Bhadra Pujari Purohit Mahasangh. The Jamiat asserts that SC should not even accept such plea as it renders the Muslim community in India as insecure.
The Plea By Mahasangh
The plea by Mahasangh aims to challenge the validity of section 4 under the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991. This section provides that the religious status of any places of worship shall stay the same as it was till 15th August 1947. Any cases filed thereafter shall be disposed of if they seek to change the religious status of the place of worship. The section threatens the identity of places of worship, defending the brutal acts of invaders, the plea mentioned.
The connection of this plea can be drawn from the dispute of Kashi and Mathura, a place where two mosques can still be seen today.
How Jamiat Sees It
Jamiat’s application sought to draw observations by the court made in the Ayodhya case. Advocate Ejaz Maqbool, appearing for the Jamiat said the honourable court has already made keen observations regarding such plea. The court in the Ayodya case has clearly said that law cannot be used as a device to go back in time and give justice to everybody who thought the invade was unfair. The law shall stand address only really relevant issues in today’s time. Cognizance of historical rights cannot be taken into consideration unless it shows they’re enforceable today, the application said.
A Threat To ‘Secularism’
The Jamiat has passionately put forward a point that hearing such a plea and deciding in favour will prove to be a threat to the secular fabric of India. The judgement in the Ayodhya case has already put a dark shadow on the religious places of worship in India, the Jamiat feels. It said the act of 1991 was a legislation of positive nature to stop conversion of places of worship. But using those tools to hamper a community’s identity swims away from being virtuous.
The Jamiat has requested the court not to issue a notification to the Mahasangh unless it hears the side of Jamiat as well. The plea by Mahasangh is seen as an effort to reopen cases that address dispute of places of religious worship.