A 72-year-old Muslim woman shop owner was forced to shut down her shop at the historic Chennakeshava temple in Belur.
Noor Jahan’s family who was given an eviction notice by the temple authorities on March 28 have lost their only source of income, since then. Hindutva belonging to the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal in Belur has been urging the management of the temple to evict non-Hindu shopkeepers from the temple premises. Chamundeshwari Temple Executive Officer Yathiraj confirmed to The Hindu that the Vishwa Hindu Parishad leaders in Mysuru had submitted a memorandum in the regard on Saturday. “We will forward the petition to the higher authorities and await instructions from them”. This happened quickly after Karnataka BJP minister JC Maduswamy’s justified banning Muslim distributors inside temple premises as per the principles of the Hindu Non secular Establishments and Charitable Endowments Division (HRICED), 2002. Noor Jahan’s household who was given an eviction discover by the temple authorities on March 28 have misplaced their solely supply of revenue, since then. The identical was backed by the BJP-led Karnataka authorities who acknowledged the HRICED rule to justify that retailers, buildings, and vacant websites situated close to temples shouldn’t be auctioned to non-Hindus. The 50-year-old store run by Noor Jahan has been promoting toys, bangles, idols, and different objects.
The store was earlier sorted by her husband, Mehaboob Sharief, till he handed away in 2008, after which his son, Rehman Shareif took over. Rehman left the household six years in the past, and since Noor Jahan has been caring for the store, her daughter-in-law and two grandchildren.
The contract of the store, which stays in her son’s title, was renewed in 2018 and the household paid the hire frequently.
“Now we have been paying a month-to-month hire of ?7,351 to the temple administration. As per the contract settlement, we nonetheless have one 12 months to both terminate or renew the settlement,” The Hindu quoted Noor Jahan.