India: Court overturns ban on prayer gatherings at mosque

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India’s Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned a local order to ban large Muslim prayer gatherings in a high-profile mosque in north India after a survey team said it found relics of the Hindu god Shiva and other Hindu symbols there. The top court in an interim order stated Muslims’ right to prayer should not be disturbed, and simultaneously the area where Hindu religious relics were said to be found should be protected. The disagreement over rights to worship at the mosque follows a decades-long campaign by Hindu activists to show that key Muslim-built buildings in India sit atop older holy site…

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