New Delhi, May 27: A petition has been filed before the Supreme Court to conduct a confidential survey of ancient major mosques with wells or ponds in India amid the controversy surrounding the Gyanvapi Masjid and Qutub Minar. The petition, filed by two advocates, has also sought a direction through the Archaeological Survey of India to shift the Wudu from the ponds and wells of major mosques that are more than a hundred years old.
The PIL has demanded that the Supreme Court should order the Archaeological Survey of India or any other institution to conduct a survey of these mosques. Apart from this, instructions should also be issued to shift Wuzu from ponds and wells in mosques that are more than 100 years old. Wudu is an Islamic process that is followed to clean the body parts before entering the mosques.
The PIL filed has said that a confidential survey of such mosques can be done so that unnecessary communal tension and hurting religious sentiments can be avoided if any remains are found from there. This PIL has been filed in the Supreme Court on behalf of Advocate Shubham Awasthi through Advocate Vivek Narayan Sharma. The petition further stated that many Hindu, Jain, Sikh and Buddhist temples were desecrated by Muslim invaders in the medieval era.
According to the petitioners, the survey should be done confidentially, so as to avoid unnecessary communal hatred and hurting religious sentiments, if any remains are found. The PIL has been filed by Advocates Shubham Awasthi and Saptarshi Mishra of Delhi-NCR by Advocate Vivek Narayan Sharma. It has been claimed that a Shivling was found in a pond/well in the Gyanvapi complex of Varanasi.
It has been said in the petition that, where Muslims perform Wudu, the practice which has been going on for many decades. This shows deliberate hatred towards the sacred Shivalinga and a vengeance towards Hindu deities. So that the religious sentiments of Hindus can be hurt. The PIL has also sought a direction to shift the waju from the ponds and wells of major mosques that are more than 100 years old.
Story first published: Friday, May 27, 2022, 22:08 [IST]