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‘HC erred on Ayodhya, held it to be deity yet divided it’

DNMUM441193 | 8/14/2019 | Author : Abraham Thomas | WC :619 | India

Ayodhya Dispute

A major legal hurdle faces Muslims in the battle for title to the disputed Ramjanmbhoomi-Babri Masjid area. On Tuesday, lawyers for Bhagwan Sri Ram Virajmaan (deity of Lord Ram) said that since the Allahabad High Court order had accepted His birthplace to be a deity, dividing it into parts was not possible as it amounted to "demolishing" the deity itself.
The Hindu side led by senior advocate CS Vaidyanathan pointed out this flaw in its appeal as grounds to overturn the HC decision of September 30, 2010. Vaidyanathan said that once the birthplace is held to be a deity and the same has been worshipped as such since time immemorial, mere construction of a mosque in the year 1528 by Emperor Babar would not change the statu
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No evidence of mosque at site
There is no evidence that any pro-Babri group has had continued occupation of the site since 1528. The first evidence of Ram Temple comes from an English merchant, William Finch, who travelled to India during Jehangir’s reign. Finch reached Ayodhya roughly 80 years after the demolition of the Ramjanmabhoomi temple. He was among the earliest witnesses to its location. His accounts talk of Brahmins and pilgrims who thronged the site but makes no mention of a mosque or Muslim presence at all.
Meenakshi Jain, political scientist and historian



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