Context: Varanasi District court is assessing the religious character of Gyanvapi mosque 

Places of Worship Act, 1919:


Significance: Protect constitutional values & enforce commitment to secularism (SC, 2019)

Key Features:

Act doesn’t apply to:

Criticism of the law:

Assessing Gyanvapi Mosque: Issue

How to move forward?

  Judicial interpretation must follow the law, not faith


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