In an attempt to obtain the right to worship inside the Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi, five Hindu women filed a lawsuit.
5. A report on the filming at the mosque was then sealed and delivered to the Varanasi court, but the Hindu petitioners controversially released details just hours later. 6. According to the report, a “Shivling” was discovered in a pond within the mosque complex that was used for “Wazoo,” or purification rituals before Muslim prayers. The judge hearing the case at the time ordered the pond to be sealed.
7. The Gyanvapi mosque committee filed a Supreme Court petition to stop the filming inside the centuries-old mosque. 8. According to the petitioners, the filming violates the Places of Worship Act of 1991, which preserves the religious status of any place of worship as of August 15, 1947.