Gyanvapi Masjid News: What is 1991 Places of Worship Act, why it is not applicable in this case

Publish Date: 13 Sep, 2022 |

The District Court of Varanasi has held that the case of worship of Shringar Gauri in the Gyanvapi complex is maintainable. The hearing will be held on the application filed by five women including Rakhi Singh in the case. The court of District Judge Dr. Ajay Krishna Vishwesh, while giving this order on Monday, 12 September, dismissed the application filed by the respondent i.e. Anjuman Intejamiya Masajid on the Masjid side. Now the next hearing of the case will be on 22 September. 

What is the 1991 Places of Worship act?

Under this law, if someone does this, then he can be sent to that jail as a punishment. According to the Places of Worship Act, the religious place at the time of independence will remain as it was. Apart from this, these religious places cannot be demolished or built new under this law. The lawyer said that under the Place of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, if it is proved that the existing religious place has been built by breaking the place of another religion, even then it will not be converted into a place of another sect.

In fact, during 1991, the issue of Ram Mandir was in full swing. Rath Yatra was being taken out in the country. Due to the increasing influence of the Ram temple movement, many more temple-mosque disputes started arising along with Ayodhya. Earlier in 1984, during a Dharma Sansad, there was a demand to claim Ayodhya, Mathura, Kashi. When the pressure started increasing on the government regarding these issues, it was brought into law.  

Why is the law not applicable in this case

In August last year, 5 women filed a petition in the Varanasi Civil Court. It demanded that Maa Shringar Gauri, Lord Ganesha and Lord Hanuman be allowed to be worshiped daily. It was said in the petition that till 1993, worship of Mother Shringar Gauri, Lord Ganesh and Lord Hanuman was being done daily at the disputed place. After 1993, worship was allowed only once in a year. Since, even after 15 August 1947, daily worship was going on here, so the 1991 Places of Worship Act does not apply here. The court accepted this argument.


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