- by Deepa Krishnan
Haji Ali dargah has been in the news lately, because of the agitation to allow women into the sanctum. I went there a couple of years ago, when we were not allowed to access the mazar (mausoleum). There was a side-door, through which women could go up to a certain point.
|Thus far and no further|
|Closest that women can get to the tomb|
Given the way the access is organised, with multiple gates and enough space for queuing, it would be really easy to ensure equal but segregated access to the mazar for men and women. Women don't particularly want to jostle with men, anyway. It could work just like a traffic light, no? If we can manage cars, why not humans?
To deny women and allow only men, is a really jaundiced view of the world. The sooner we change such mindsets, the better.
|Prayer area outside|