ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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South Africa- Ineffective Sanctions

either hindus or muslims from entering it. On January 25, 1986, a hindu advocate filed an appeal to grant permission to open the place of worship and allow hindus to worship the deity installed there in 1949. On February 11, 1986 the district judge, K M Pandey, passed an order for reopening the mosque and allowing hindus to use it as a place of worship. Thus possession of the mosque was given to the hindus. A 37-year old stay order was vacated without even a hearing to the Sunni Wakf Board, the owners of the mosque. The latter have appealed in the high court and the appeal is pending. The sequence of events since 1949 is quite ludicrous and is an affront to the values of secularism and democracy.

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