Supreme Court Decision on Ayodhya Land Dispute

On 9 November 2019, the Supreme Court of India declared the final judgement in the case regarding disputed land in the Ayodhya region in the District of Faizabad, India where the Babri masjid once stood. The court decided that the 2.77 acres of land be transferred over to a governmental trust for the purpose of building the Ram Janmabhoomi temple and an alternative 5 acres of land be given to the Sunni Waqf Board in order to build a mosque. This decision overturned the 2010 decision by the Allahabad High Court to divide the disputed land among three parties. Until its demolition in 1992, the 16th century Babri masjid existed at this site. Based on archaeological evidence that examined the foundations of the Babri masjid, as well as biographical evidence pulled from Sikh scriptural texts, the Supreme Court reasoned that land’s Hindu history predates the construction of the mosque and should thus be the site of a newly constructed Hindu temple.

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