From the BBC, with thanks to Joerg and RB:
An Indian Muslim charity has laid claim to the ownership of the world’s most famous monument to love, the Taj Mahal. The Sunni Waqf Board controls all Muslim graveyards in the state of Uttar Pradesh, where the spectacular marble monument is located.
It says the Taj Mahal houses several Muslim graves other than those of the Moghul royalty and thus falls under its jurisdiction.
Millions seeking romance flock to the Taj Mahal every year.
The monument was built by the 17th century Moghul emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal and has since become a Mecca of sorts for amorous couples….
The Sunni Waqf Board (SWB), a Muslim trust, was given ownership of Uttar Pradesh’s Muslim graveyards by the Indian government itself.
The board has issued notices to the Archaeological Survey of India as well as the central government, seeking their reply to its demand by the end of March….
Mr Usman said once the ownership issue had been decided, the board would demand that 7% of the total earnings from tickets should be transferred to its coffers….
Let’s see now. How long do you think it will take for the Waqf Board to outlaw kissing and hand-holding around the “monument to love”? How much of that 7% will go straight to terrorist groups — completely unbeknownst, of course, to Waqf Board officials?