Ayodhya Verdict | ‘India’s top court gives holy site to Hindus’: How world media covered SC’s judgment
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Supreme Court has delivered the verdict in the disputed Ayodhya land case on Saturday. In an unanimous verdict, the court paved the way for the construction for the Ram temple at the disputed site and directed the Centre to allot an alternative 5-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a new mosque at a ‘prominent’ place in the holy town in Uttar Pradesh.
"The faith of the Hindus that Lord Ram was born at the demolished structure is undisputed," the court said in its 1,045-page verdict.
The bench, comprising of CJI Ranjan Gogoi, Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and SA Nazeer, said possession of the disputed 2.77 acre land rights will be handed over to the deity Ram Lalla, who is one of the three litigants in the case. The possession, however, will remain with a central government receiver.
Most of the international media covered the judgment of the Supreme Court and in their report said that the top court gave the ‘disputed land’ to Hindus while an alternate land was given to the Muslims.
The Reuters in its reports said the “Supreme Court ruled in favour of a Hindu group in a long-running battle over a centuries-old religious site also claimed by Muslims, in a verdict that could raise tension between the two communities.”
“The ruling paves the way for the construction of a Hindu temple on the site in town of Ayodhya, a proposal long supported by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling Hindu-nationalist party,” it added.
The BBC said that the case, which has been bitterly contested for decades by Hindus and Muslims, centres on the ownership of the land in Uttar Pradesh state and the Muslims would get another plot of land to construct a mosque.
“The disputed holy site of Ayodhya in northern India should be given to Hindus who want a temple built there, the country's Supreme Court has ruled,” said the BBC in its report.
Meanwhile, the Washington Post said that the Supreme Court “unanimously ruled that the land at the center of the country’s most contentious religious dispute would pass to a trust, paving the way for the construction of a Hindu temple at a site where a mosque once stood.”
While the New York Times said that Supreme Court ruled in favour of Hindus over a piece of land Muslims also claim, greenlighting the construction of a temple on the site where a mosque stood before it was demolished by a frenzied mob three decades ago, an event that has set the tone for the country’s sectarian tensions since.
Aljazeera, meanwhile, said that the Indian top court has given the disputed site to the Hindus.
“India's Supreme Court has given the ownership of a disputed religious site in the town of Ayodhya to Hindus for the construction of a temple, in a landmark verdict announced amid heightened security across the country. Muslims will be given five acres of land at an alternative site in Ayodhya, in northern Uttar Pradesh state, the top court ruled on Saturday,” it said.
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