Indian court rules to hand over Babri Mosque to Hindus for construction of temple

India’s Supreme Court on Saturday, finishing the century-old challenge, has decided to hand over the historical site of Babri Mosque into Hindus to the building of temple.

The destruction of the mosque triggered religious riots where about 2,000 people, the majority of them Muslims, were killed across the nation and resulted in a series of court battles with various groups staking claim to the website.

A final verdict was sent with a five-judge seat was headed by the Chief
Justice Ranjan Gogoi.Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party has campaigned on a promise to encourage the building of a Hindu temple on the website of the razed mosque.
“It may appear to be only a parcel of land but for us it’s a pious place at which our god was born,” said a senior Hindu leader affiliated with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party.

The authorities stepped up security not only in Ayodhya but in other communally sensitive areas and rapid action forces have been placed on a high alert.For more than seven decades, right-wing Hindu campaigners have been pushing to construct a temple on the website, which they think was sacred for Hindus, long before the Mughals built the Babri mosque there.

A verdict in favour of constructing a Ram Temple at Ayodhya could be viewed as a political success for Modi, who won a second term in a landslide general election triumph this year.

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh — parent organisation of Modi’s party — has determined against celebratory processions in the event the verdict goes in favour of the Hindus, to avoid sparking sectarian violence.Muslim organisations have appealed for calm to stop communal flare-ups.

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