25, December 2022, A court in India’s northern state of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday ordered the survey of the 17th century Shahi Idgah Mosque in Mathura, after a Hindutva group claimed that the mosque was built on the birthplace of Lord Krishna.

The local court in Mathura asked the Archaeological Survey of India to conduct a survey after 2 January 2023 and the date of hearing is 20 January 2023.

The lawsuit was filed by the right-wing outfit Hindu Sena’s leader Vishnu Gupta seeking ownership of the land of the historic Shahi Idgah Masjid.

Many suits have been filed before the court demanding the demolition of the 17th-century Shahi Idgah Masjid, claiming it was built on Krishna Janambhumi’s property.

Muslims in India are concerned by the campaign of the Hindu right-wing groups to claim Muslim monuments and mosques.

Hindu groups in various Indian cities have claimed that mosques and monuments built during the Mughal era were built after razing Hindu temples.

Muslim groups had opposed such a move, saying it was against the Places of Worship Act of 1991, which maintains the religious status of any place of worship as of 15 August 1947.

After the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya (6 December 1992), Gyanvapi is another medieval mosque that is being claimed by Hindus.

A persistent campaign by Hindutva groups to claim Mughal-era monuments and historic mosques has raised a wave of concern among minorities, historians, and archaeologists across India.

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Source:  Muslim News

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