NEW DELHI: An advocacy group for the demolished historical Babri Mosque in northern India announced that it would approach the country’s Supreme Court to look for debris at the former site of the early 16th-century structure.
“The petition in the supreme court will be filed after the lockdown ends in India,” said Zafaryab Jilani, senior lawyer and convener of the All India Babri Masjid Action Committee, which had fought the legal battle for 27 years for ownership of Babri Mosque in the city of Ayodhya. The Babri Mosque had been torn down by a Hindu mob at the site in 1992.
“Our motive is quite clear that mosque debris also has sanctity like a mosque. So it should be handed over to us. It is of no use for them [Hindus] and if they throw it here and there it will hurt the sentiments of the Muslim community,” Jilani told Anadolu Agency, adding that they should be allowed to search for and find the debris “so that we can keep it safely.”
Last year, India’s apex court ruled that the historical site of the early 16th century Babri Mosque should be handed over to Hindus for the construction of a temple to Ram, a Hindu god.