Bhumata Brigade women activist Trupti Desai on Thursday staged a protest in Mumbai for equal rights for women to enter Haji Ali Dargah, which does not allow women in its core area. Desai said she will enter the Dargah with Muslim women. People stood outside the shrine holding posters asking for equality among genders.

Desai, who had campaigned against the ban on women entry in the famous Shani Shingnapur temple in Maharashtra, has started a new fight for equal rights to Mumbai’s Haji Ali Dargah.

The women activist organisation ‘Bhumata Brigade’ leader on Thursday staged a protest march outside the shrine. Earlier, Desai had said they will hold a peaceful march for women’s rights at Haji Ali dargah on Thursday, pray there and will decide the future course of action later.

Desai has also said that she think Bollywood actors Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Aamir Khan too should lend their support for their cause as that will help them in their fight for equality.

All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Haji Rafat Husain threatened to smear Desai’s face with black ink if she even tried to enter the shrine’s sanctum sanctorum. He added, entering a graveyard is “haram” or forbidden for women in Islam religion.

Husain said  Desai cannot be allowed to play with Islamic traditions for cheap publicity gimmicks. Their women volunteers will be present at the shrine to prevent her entry.

Few days back, Shiv Sena leader Haji Arafat Shaikh has said that Desai will be hit with “slippers” if she tried to enter the shrine.

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