The Indian Supreme Court on Friday (March 8) ordered mediation to settle the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid Ayodhya title dispute case. The mediation proceedings will be held in-camera in Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh, and will “commence within a week from today”. The bench directed the state government to “forthwith” make arrangements including the venue of the mediation, place of stay of the mediators, their security and travel.
The apex court has appointed a three-member mediation committee comprising former Indian Supreme Court judge Justice Ibrahim Khalifulla, senior advocate Sri Ravi Shankar and Sriram Panchuas.
The Ayodhya dispute is about a plot of land measuring 2.77 acres in the city of Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh, which houses the Babri mosque and Ram Janmabhoomi. This particular piece of land is considered sacred among Hindus as it is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Ram. Muslims argue that the land houses the Babri mosque, where they had offered prayers for years before the dispute. The dispute arises over whether the mosque was built on top of the Ram temple.
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20 June, 2019