Gyanvapi case: Hindu American group welcomes permission for worship in Vyas ji’s basement

Washington. A prominent Hindu American group in the US on Thursday welcomed the Varanasi District Court’s decision to allow Hindu devotees to worship in the basement of Vyas Ji in the Gyanvapi Masjid complex. The Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America (VHPA) and about six other Hindu American groups issued a statement calling it a “historic decision.”

A media release said, “VHPA greatly appreciates this well-considered and just decision by the Honorable Court. This historic decision restores the rights that were unlawfully taken away from Hindus in November 1993.” It said, ”VHPA emphasizes that this is not a case of conflict against any minority group, Rather, it is fundamentally related to property rights. This decision, based on irrefutable evidence presented by the Hindu side, is completely in accordance with the principles of justice.

VHPA said that extensive archaeological surveys conducted by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) have found incontrovertible evidence indicating that the Gyanvapi Mosque was built after the demolition of a Hindu temple. Meanwhile, the Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC) strongly condemned the court order allowing Hindu devotees to worship in the basement of Varanasi’s Gyanvapi Mosque.

IAMC Executive Director Rashid Ahmed said, “We stand firmly against every attempt to erase our history and heritage and manipulate religious discourse for political purposes. This decision of the court represents injustice and is another attack on the rights of India’s 20 crore Muslims.

The District Court of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday ordered Hindus to have the right to worship in the basement of Vyas Ji located in the Gyanvapi complex, against which the Muslim side filed a petition in the Allahabad High Court on Thursday. The Muslim side has also filed an application in the district court of Varanasi requesting to stop the Hindu side from worshiping at the said place.

A few hours after the court gave Hindus the right to worship in the basement of Vyas ji located in the Gyanvapi complex, late on Wednesday night the basement was opened and cleaned and then worship was performed there.

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