On Saturday, 09 November 2019, Supreme Court ruled that the disputed holy site of Ayodhya should be given to Hindus who want a temple to be built there.
The case, which has been pending for decades and often resulted in conflicts between Hindus and Muslims, has now been solved. Muslims would get another plot of land to construct a mosque. The five-acre plot which the Supreme Court has asked to be made available for construction of a mosque may not be provided to the Sunni Waqf Board in the close vicinity of the Ram janmabhoomi-Babri masjid complex. Official sources in the holy city indicated that such a huge parcel of vacant land might be difficult to find in the densely populated town.
Many Hindus believe the site is the birthplace of one of their most revered deities, Lord Ram.
The ruins of an ancient religious structure under an existing building does not always indicate that it was demolished by unfriendly powers, the Supreme Court held in its 1,045-page judgment in the Ayodhya case.
“Existence of the ruins of an underlying structure is not a reason in itself to infer that it was demolished for the construction of a new structure which rests on its foundations,” it held.
“It’s a very balanced judgment and it is a victory for people of India,” a lawyer for one of the Hindu parties told reporters soon after.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi reacted to the verdict on Twitter and said that it should not be seen as a “win or loss for anybody”.
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