What is the 1991 Places of Worship Act, to which the Muslim side is referring?


“Jin Khoja tin paiya, penetration into deep water, bad water scared me, sat on the shore”… This Sant Kabirdas couplet grew out of this. He said: Nandiwala Baba has been found inside. His statement meant that Shivling was found inside the mosque. Later, Jitendra Singh Bisen, a defender of the Hindu side, said: “A Shivling of about 12 and a half feet has been found in Gyanvapi. I will not wait 500 years as in Ayodhya. The great temple of Baba Vishwanath will remain and will be built as soon as possible.” … Whatever is found today is bringing the truth to light.” In view of the request from the Hindu side, the court ordered to seal the place of the mosque where the Shivling was found. The court also said that the place should be protected and protected. No one should be allowed to go there. Along with this, the court has given personal responsibility to Varanasi DM, Police Commissioner and Commander of CRPF to secure the sealed location.

The Gyanvapi Masjid is located right next to the Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi, where the Shivling was found.

Muslim leaders have reacted strongly after the Shivling was found in Gyanvapi Masjid and the court ordered the Vazukhana sealed there. The main Muslim leader and head of AIMIM, Asaduddin Owaisi, said that the Gyanvapi Mosque was there, is and will remain until the end. Our country is violating its own laws. As long as Law 91 exists, it will be followed. The country is not following its own law. The lower court’s decision violates Act 91 of Parliament. Modi ji should say that he will not obey the 1991 order. Throw him in the Ganges. This act was done so that no change would be made in the nature and character of the mosque temple of any religion. Not only this, Owaisi expressed his surprise at the local court’s decision, saying that when the Supreme Court is about to hear the matter, what was the rush in the lower court to seal the Wazukhana located in the mosque? The law was that Vazukhana and will remain Vazukhana. Not only Owaisi, many Muslim parties and experts refer to Law 91 in this matter.

After all, what is the 1991 Act being mentioned?

The 1991 Act, i.e. the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, i.e. the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991, was passed in Parliament on the proposal of the government of the then Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao. According to this law, the place of worship of any religion that was born before the independence of the country on August 15, 1947, cannot become a place of worship of any other religion. If someone tries to do it, he has been punished with imprisonment from one to three years and a fine. It should be noted that this law came into force at a time when the issue of Babri Masjid and Shri Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya was in full swing throughout the country. At the same time Babri Masjid was demolished by kar sevaks. But based on the evidence and the evidence found there, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Hindu side, only after which the way was cleared for the construction of the Shri Ram temple in Ayodhya. The court had clearly stated in its decision that the evidence found in the mosque premises and the excavation proves the existence of a temple there.

There has been opposition to the Places of Worship Act

Since the verdict in the Ayodhya case, hundreds of places of worship have been declared temples across the country. In this, mosques have been built in most places, but due to the 1991 Places of Worship Act, claimants cannot go to court. Because of this, there is constant opposition to the law. Especially the Bharatiya Janata Party, which has always been doing temple politics, has always opposed this law. A year ago, the Supreme Court had notified the Central Government of a petition challenging the Places of Worship Law of 1991, seeking its response. The petitioner had said in his petition that this law discriminates against the country’s citizens and also violates fundamental rights. Petitioner Ashwini Upadhyay challenged the law calling it discriminatory and a violation of fundamental rights. The petition sought to nullify articles two, three and four of this law that grant legal recognition to places of worship illegally established by Muslim invaders from 1192 to 1947.

What will happen next, Shivling will become the base?

It is claimed that the Shivling found in the Vazukhana of Gyanvapi Masjid, was installed by the Finance Minister of Akbar Todarmal in the year 1585. He was accompanied by Pandit Narayan Bhatt of Banaras, whose relatives have been working as priests of the Kashi Vishwanath temple. Shivling is made of emerald stone, the color of which is green. This Shivling is seated within the Gyanvapi Mosque at a distance of 83 feet in front of the Nandi set up in the Shrikashi Vishwanath temple. If this statement turns out to be true, then the Shivling is 450 years old. In such a situation, it can be protected by the Archaeological Survey of India. Because it will be under the Law of Ancient Monuments, Archaeological Sites and Remains of 1958. Under this law, the protection and preservation of ancient and historical monuments, sculptures and other similar objects, archaeological sites and relics are carried out. In such a situation, the Places of Worship Act 1991 should have no effect in this case. Generally, it is up to the Supreme Court to decide what is needed in this matter.

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