Hyderabad: A two judge bench of the High Court at Hyderabad comprising Acting Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice Shameem Akther on Thursday directed the Chittoor district administration and the police of Andhra Pradesh to provide protection to Muslim women offering prayers in their Mosque in Guramkonda in Chittoor district. The bench was dealing with a writ petition filed by M Saheera.
The petitioner maintained that several women from Ahle Hadees sect were being prevented from offering prayers in mosques in Chittoor, Kadapa, Prakasham districts of the state. She complained that the Information Commissioner Imtiyaz Ahmed and his brother Naushad Ahmed, who is also the Sarpanch of Guramkonda village, were influencing the administration and preventing prayers at Abu Bakar mosque. The administrative officials pointed out that the said area was a residential area and without permission from the officers the said area could not be used to offer prayers.
The bench wanted to know under what law the women could be prevented from praying in the house. The bench rejected the stand of the Gram Panchayat which tried to tell the court that the building was illegal and directed the officials to file counter affidavits and the police to see that no one obstructs the prayers by the Muslim women.