Ayodhya disputed land given to govt for Ram temple, separate land for Mosque

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Delhi:  The disputed land in Ayodhya will be given to a government-run trust for a temple and a “prominent site” in the holy town in Uttar Pradesh will be allotted for a mosque, the Supreme Court announced today in a landmark verdict in India’s most divisive case dating back decades. The court said it had been tasked with the resolution of a dispute “whose origins were as old as the idea of India itself”. The deity Ram Lalla, or infant Ram, one of the litigants in the case, has been given the ownership of the 2.77-acre disputed land. But “the right of Ram Lalla to the disputed property is subject to the maintenance of peace and law and order and tranquility,” said five judges led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi in a unanimous verdict. The Sunni Waqf Board will be given a five-acre “suitable” plot to build a new mosque. This was necessary because the court “must ensure that a wrong committed must be remedied,” the judges said, adding that “tolerance and mutual co-existence nourish the secular commitment of our nation and its people”.v