The Varanasi district court today said that the Hindu petition for worship in Shringar Gauri was maintainable and the five Hindu women’s plea seeking right to worship in the disputed Gyanvapi complex will be heard. District judge A.K. Vishvesha dismissed the petition filed by the Muslim side citing the Places of Worship Act and questioning the maintainability of the Hindu petition.
Advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain, representing the Hindu side said, “The court rejected the Muslim side’s petition and said the suit is maintainable. The next hearing in the matter will be on September 22.”
“Muslim petitioners are likely to approach the Allahabad High Court in appeal,” petitioner Sohanlal Arya said, but added that they will continue to contest the case. Shri Sohanlal Arya, VHP vice-president for Varanasi prant, and his wife Lakshmi Dev had both received ‘sar tan se juda’ (beheading) threat calls for taking up this case.
Sunni cleric Maulana Khalid Rashid Firangi Mahali said that their legal team would study the verdict and act accordingly. He expressed ‘concern’ over the fact that the Places of Worship Act 1991 was set aside.
In May, the Supreme Court had assigned the case to the Varanasi district judge’s court, shifting it from a lower court where it was being heard till then. The Supreme Court had ordered that “Keeping the complexity and sensitivity of the matter in view, the civil suit before the civil judge in Varanasi shall be heard before a senior and experienced judicial officer of the UP judicial service.”
A month before the Supreme Court’s intervention in the case, the Varanasi civil court had ordered the filming of the disputed Gyanvapi structure, based on the petition by the Hindu women who stated that there are murtis of Hindu deities in the disputed complex.
A report of the filming at the Gyanvapi site was then submitted to the court. The report found a Shivling in a pond within the disputed complex used for ‘wuzu’ (washing of feet and hands) before Muslim prayers. Islamists and HINOs (Hindu in Name Only) claimed that the Shivling was actually a ‘fountain’ and they unleashed a wave of anti-Hindu bigoted memes and comments mocking the Shivling. Many maulanas (Muslim clerics) – see here, here – openly bared their bigoted fangs by spewing all sorts of rubbish against Hindu Dharma.
And it was this video survey for which Nupur Sharma was invited to a TV talk show, where she was again baited by Islamists like PFI-SDPI’s Tasleem Rehmani pushing her to quote Islamic scripture, for which the Islamist propagandist Md. Zubair unleashed the blasphemy mob on her, leading to violence across the country, brutal murders of Kanhaiyalal and Umesh Kolhe and attacks or threats to dozens of other Hindus.
The judge hearing the case at the time had ordered the sealing of this pond. This filming was challenged in the Supreme Court by the Gyanvapi ‘mosque’ committee.
Kashi (Varanasi/Benares) is one of the holiest of cities for Hindus and is the timeless abode of Bhagwan Shiv. The Kashi Vishwanath mandir dedicated to Mahadev was attacked and desecrated several times since Islamic invasions began – as part of the notorious Islamic/Abrahamic tradition of destroying temples and sacred structures of other religions to mark their conquest – but rebuilt each time by devout Hindus. It was last demolished by Mughal tyrant Aurangzeb in 1669 and the Gyanvapi ‘mosque’ was erected in its place. The Kashi Vishwanath mandir was rebuilt at an adjacent spot by Rani Ahilyabai Holkar a century later, but the desecration of Shiv ji’s original abode has festered like an open wound for centuries in Hindu hearts.
Muslim clerics and Hinduphobic ‘historians’ have long spread distorted and disgusting fabrications to justify Aurangzeb’s destruction of the Kashi Vishwanath mandir.
The legal fight for restoration of one of the most sacred Dharmic sites has just gotten started. The battle is sure to drag out through our tortuous legal system, and especially in the Supreme Court where Collegium System ensures judges are totally in thrall of the left-liberal-Islamist mafia. Let’s not forget that SC has sought the centre’s reply on a plea challenging validity of Places of Worship Act, 1991 – a draconian law passed by the Congress govt in 1991 to bar Hindus from reclaiming their holy sites that were usurped by Islamic invaders.
Highly-paid Lutyens’ ecosystem lawyers like Kapil Sibal and Dushyant Dave will surely be deployed in this battle, just as they tried their utmost in the RJB case, to use every trick in the book to deny joy to millions of Shiv-bhakts.
For now though, let us celebrate the 5 brave and devout Hindu women – Lakshmi Devi, Sita Sahu, Rekha Pathak, Manju Vyas, Rakhi Singh – for fighting for Dharma.